An aviation expert has become the latest Russian official to die under mysterious circumstances.
Anatoly Gerashchenko, former head of the Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI), died in a mysterious crash inside the institute’s headquarters in the Russian capital on Tuesday.
The organization’s press office released a statement describing the 73-year-old’s death as “the result of an accident”, adding that his untimely death was “a tremendous loss”. for MAI and the scientific and pedagogical community.”
Russian newspaper Izvestia, citing an unnamed source, reported that Gerashchenko “fell from a great height” and fell down some stairs. He is presumed dead at the scene.
A committee is said to have been formed at the institute to look into the circumstances of his strange death.
Gerashchenko, who recently served as an advisor to the current head of MAI, has spent his career moving up the ranks at the institute with close ties to the Russian Defense Ministry. He has also been honored with a number of Russian government awards, including the medal “For Merit to the Fatherland”.
His death comes less than two weeks after an executive appointed to help oversee development in Russia’s Far East died in a strange drop from a moving boat just days after attending an economic forum with Putin. Theirs is just the latest in a series of bizarre deaths among officials and executives in Russia’s energy and technology industries.