23 Russian oligarchs were found dead in  2022.

Pavel Antov

December 27th 2022

65 years old. Russian sausage magnate Pavel Antov, a lawmaker who criticized the war on Ukraine this summer, mysteriously died at a hotel in India on Saturday while traveling for his birthday—becoming the latest in a string of puzzling high-profile critics of Vladimir Putin who have died under unexplained circumstances since the country launched a war with Ukraine earlier this year.

Antov died after falling from the third floor of his luxury hotel in the southern district of India’s Rayagada, according to Indian police official Vivekanand Sharma, who said police believe Antov died by suicide, though they are still investigating the matter.

Pavel Antov had come to celebrate his 66th birthday in the Rayaga region of Orissa state and incomprehensibly jumped from the third floor of his hotel. “He was depressed after the death of a friend, Vladimir Budanov” said his Indian guide. Local police are calling it suicide.

Pavel Antov

Alexeï Maslov

December 27th 2022

69 years old.

General Alexei Maslov, 69, passed away on Christmas Day in a Moscow military hospital, the Uralvagonzavod plant announced.

Maslov had worked at the tank manufacturing company, Uralvagonzavod. They are one of the largest main battle tank manufacturers in the world.

Since 2008, Maslov was Russia’s chief military representative to NATO. During his distinguished military career, he received many awards, including the Order of Merit for the Fatherland, II degree.

Alexei Maslov

Vladimir Budanov

December 24th 2022

A friend of Pavel Antov named Vladimir Budanov died in the same hotel just days earlier. Vivekanand Sharma, a police official in the Indian state of Odisha, said that Budanov suffered a stroke while Pavel Antov “was depressed after his death and he too died.”

Citing local police, Indian outlet NDTV reported that a Russian tourist had died after falling from the third floor of a hotel. The Russian consul in Kolkata, Alexei Idamkin, told the Russian state news agency TASS that police did not see a “criminal element in these tragic events.” Antov had just celebrated his 65th birthday in the hotel.

Vladimir Budanov was found dead at the hotel following a sudden heart attack on the trip, according to a doctor who noted Budanov had a pre-existing heart condition and “had alcohol on an empty stomach” the night before he died.

Vladimir Budanov

Alexander Buzakov

December 24th 2022

66 years old.

Architect of the Russian naval industry.
Director of the largest shipyard in Russia.

The “sudden death” of Alexander Buzakov, 65, general director of Admiralty Shipyards in St Petersburg, in charge of building new submarines.

The FSB security service had formed an “investigative group” into the two deaths, reported Telegram channel Redacted number 6.

Buzakov had been healthy the day before he died, and “nothing had been heard about Maslov’s health problems” before he died, said the channel..

Alexander Buzakov

Dmitriy Zelenov

December 9th 2022

Dmitriy Zelenov Co-founder of the construction company Don-Stroy. At December 9 in France at Antibes. He reportedly felt ill and fell off a railing and hit his head, later died in the emergency room without regaining consciousness

Dmitriy Zelenov

Grigory Kochenov

December 7th 2022

Grigory Kochenov, Creative director of IT company Agima. At December 7 in Russia in Nizhny Novgorod. He fell to his death from his balcony while police were supposedly searching his apartment.

Grigory Kochenov

Vyacheslav Taran

November 29th 2022

Vyacheslav Taran,  Co-founder of Libertex, of a currency exchange. On November 29 in France in Villefranche-sur-Mer. He died in a helicopter crash after taking off from Switzerland


Tiantian Kullander

November 23rd 2022

Tiantian Kullander Co-founder of Amber Group and cryptocurrency entrepreneur. On November 23rd in China, he died unexpectedly in his sleep from unknown causes. He was 30 years old.

Nikolai Mushegian

October 28th 2022

Nikolai Mushegian Cryptocurrency entrepreneur and co-founder of MakerDAO. At October 28, 2022 Puerto Rico drowned hours after he tweeted that he feared the CIA or Mossad would kill him

Nikolai Mushegian

Pavel Pchelnikov

September 28th 2022

Pavel Pchelnikov Director of Digital Logistics, a subsidiary of Russian Railways. On September 28 in an apartment in Moscow. He reportedly shot himself on the balcony of his apartment

Pavel Pchelnikov, 52, was found with a gunshot would on the balcony of his Moscow home just weeks after posting seemingly happy holiday pictures on social media

Anatoly Gerashchenko

September 21st 2022

Former Head of Moscow Aviation Institute


Fell down a flight of stairs inside the institute.


Russian news outlet Izvestia reported that Anatoly Gerashchenko “fell from a great height” down numerous flights of stairs inside the Moscow Aviation Institute’s headquarters, according to The Daily Beast.


The institute’s press office described his death as “the result of an accident.”

Gerashchenko, who led the organization from 2007 to 2015, was serving as an adviser to the institute’s current rector when he died, according to state-controlled outlet RIA Novosti.


He spent 45 years rising through the ranks there and was honored with government awards, such as the Merit to the Fatherland medal.

Anatoly Gerashchenko

Vladimir Sungorkin

September 14th 2022

Editor-in-chief of Komsomolskaya Pravda.

Reportedly suffered a stroke and suffocated while on the way to lunch.

As per Global News, Mr Sungorkin had worked as the paper’s editor-in-chief and director-general since 1997.


He was one of the Russian public figures sanctioned by the European Commission in April after Mr Putin launched his full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February.


Mr Sungorkin’s “sudden” death comes just days after another Russian elite, Ivan Pechorin, an energy executive, died under mysterious circumstances after he fell overboard from a speed board.


Ivan Pechorin

September 12th 2022

Ivan Pechorin, a top manager at the Corporation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic, was found dead in Vladivostok after allegedly falling off his luxury yacht and drowning near Cape Ignatyev in the Sea of Japan two days before, according to the local administration.



“On September 12, 2022, it became known about the tragic death of our colleague, Ivan Pechorin, Managing Director for the Aviation Industry of the Corporation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic,” a statement from the company said.

Pechorin is said to have been tasked with modernising Russia’s aviation industry and worked directly under Putin.

Ivan Pechorin
Earlier this year, the company’s 43-year-old general director Igor Nosov also died from a reported stroke after taking over the reins in May 2021. Meanwhile, another aviation expert died under strange circumstances: the former head of the Moscow Aviation Institute Anatoly Gerashchenko was pronounced dead after falling down "several sets of stairs" on Wednesday, according to a statement issued by the institute. Geraschenko led the institute -- which closely collaborates with the Russian Ministry of Defence and has aided the development of the likes of MiG fighter jets -- until 2015, but it is believed to have remained in an advisory role since.

Ravil Maganov

September 1st 2022

The news of Pechorin’s death came less than two weeks after the chairman of the board of Russia’s largest private oil company, Ravil Maganov, died in what Russian news agencies cited as an accidental fall from a hospital window.

Initially, a statement by his company Lukoil said Maganov “passed away after a severe illness” on 1 September but did not give further details.

Russian news reports later stated his body was found on the grounds of Moscow’s Central Clinical Hospital, where Russia’s political and business elite are often treated.

Maganov appeared to have fallen from a sixth-story window, the reports said.

Some sources claimed he tripped and fell while smoking, stating a pack of cigarettes was found by the window. The news site RBK also said police were investigating the possibility of suicide.


Lukoil was one of a few Russian companies to publicly call for an end to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, calling in March for the “immediate cessation of the armed conflict”.

Ravil Maganov

Dan Rapoport

August 14th 2022


Reportedly died in a fall from his Washington D.C. luxury apartment.


Rapoport, 52, was found dead in front of a lavish apartment building on the evening of Aug. 14 by police officers said to be responding to reports of a “jumper,” according to a preliminary police report.


Though the report notes he fell to his death in the early evening hours, they said there were no known witnesses, despite the building’s location in a bustling area right across from a popular hotel.

Dan Rapoport

Yuri Voronov

July 4th 2022

CEO of Astra Shipping, a subcontractor of Gazprom.


Gunshot wounds to the head, pistol found next to his body.


Yuri Voronov, a multi-millionaire businessman was found dead floating in his swimming pool near St. Petersburg in the latest mysterious demise of a member of Russia’s elite over the last few months.


The body of Yuri Voronov, 61, was found in his home in the ultra-wealthy Vyborgsky district of the Leningrad region at around 2 p.m. on Monday July 4th 2022, with a gunshot wound to his head, a pistol nearby and casings at the bottom of the pool, according to


Alexandre Subbotin

May 13th 2022

After the suspicious deaths of several billionaire families since the invasion of Ukraine began, The Independent reveals the death of Alexander Subbotin, a former top executive of Russia’s largest oil company Lukoil.

“The death toll among Russian oligarchs continues. After the suspicious deaths of several billionaire families since the beginning of the invasion in Ukraine, The Independent reveals the death of Alexander Subbotin, a former top executive of Russia’s largest oil company Lukoil.


Once again, the circumstances are highly mysterious. The 43-year-old man was allegedly poisoned by toad venom during a shamanism session on the outskirts of Moscow.


He had asked a shaman, whom he had known for several years, to treat him after a party where alcohol and drugs had been heavily consumed. Jamaican voodoo rituals.

According to the Russian news agency, the police have opened an investigation into the suspicious death of the former Lukoil managing director.


A forensic examination, which should establish both the cause of death and his condition before his death, is to be carried out, according to information from TASS.

Mysterious wave of suicides among Russian oligarchs.

Since January and the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, several Russian oligarchs have been found dead in mysterious circumstances. According to a list published by Newsweek, at least six Russian businessmen, specialising in the energy sector, have been found dead.


A list that continues to grow. As the Polish think tank The Warsaw Institute points out, the number of these suicides seems somewhat suspicious.

Alexandre Subbotin
According to The Independent, his healer made an incision in Alexander Subbotin's body to inject drops of the venom. But moments later, the oligarch was overcome by vomiting and chest pains. He was finally found dead in the shaman's cellar, in a room used for Jamaican voodoo rituals, according to TASS.

Andrei Krukovsky

May 2nd 2022

General Director of the Estosadok Krasnaya Polyana ski resort owned by Gazprom.

Reportedly fell off a cliff while hiking to Achipse fortress in Sochi.


Andrei Krukovsky, the director of the Gazprom-owned Krasnaya Polyana ski resort, died after reportedly falling down a cliff while hiking on May 1.

Sergey Protosenya

April 19th 2022

On April 19th 2022, the body of Sergey Protosenya, former top manager of Russia’s energy giant Novatek, was found together with those of his wife and daughter on Tuesday in a rented villa in Spain, where the family was reportedly on holiday for Easter.

The 55-year-old millionaire was found hanged in the garden of the villa in Lloret de Mar by Catalonian police, Spanish media reported, while his wife and daughter were found in their beds with stab wounds on their bodies.

According to local media outlets Telecinco and El Punt Avui, an axe and a knife were found next to the body of Protosenya.

The 55-year-old millionaire was found hanged in the garden of the villa in Lloret de Mar by Catalonian police, Spanish media reported, while his wife and daughter were found in their beds with stab wounds on their bodies.

Police are investigating two possible scenarios, say Telecinco: either the Russian oligarch killed his wife and daughter and then hanged himself, or that the entire family was murdered and the crime scene was later stage to appear like a murder-suicide.

Protosenya’s death was confirmed by Russian state media TASS on Thursday.

The Protosenya family mainly lived in France. Novatek is the second largest company in Russia involved in the production of natural gas.

sergey protosenya
A photo of Sergey Protosenya, a Russian oligarch that was found dead in his Spain apartment in what police believe to be a murder-suicide incident.

Vladislav Avaev

April 18th 2022

Just a day before the body of Protosenya was found in Spain, on April 18th 2022, former vice-president of Gazprombank Vladislav Avaev was found dead in his multi-million apartment on Universitetsky Prospekt in Moscow, together with his wife and daughter.

The bodies were reportedly discovered by a relative of the Avaevs after being unable to get in contact with the family for several days.

The apartment in Lloret de Mar, Spain residence’s garden was locked from the inside and a pistol was found in Avaev’s hands, leading investigators to explore the theory that Avaev shot his wife and his 13-year-old daughter before killing himself.

Privately-owned Gazprombank is the third-largest bank by assets in Russia.

Vladislav Avaev
In #Moscow, former vice-president of "Gazprombank" Vladislav Avaev shot dead his wife and 13-year-old daughter, after which he committed suicide. Previously, Avaev worked in the Office of the President and in the State Duma.

Vasily Melnikov

March 24th 2022

On March 24th 2022, Russian newspaper Kommersant reported the death of billionaire Vasily Melnikov in his luxury apartment in Nizhny Novgorod, the sixth-largest city in the country.

According to police investigations mentioned by Kommersant, Melnikov—who reportedly worked for the medical firm MedStom—was found dead in the apartment together with his wife Galina and two sons. They had all died from stab wounds and the knives used for the murders were found at the crime scene.

Kommersant reported that investigators concluded that Melnikov killed his 41-year-old wife and 10-year-old and 4-year-old children before killing himself, but neighbors and relatives struggle to believe this theory. According to the Ukrainian media outlet Glavred, Melnikov’s company was suffering huge losses because of Western sanctions.

Another theory, says Glavred, is a possible confrontation with a former business partner. But according to sources cited by Kommersant, police found no traces of any external interference or struggle in the Melnikovs’ apartment.

The children were found in the children’s room and Melnikov’s wife in the bedroom. Melnikov was found in the bathroom with a cut artery.

Vasily Melnikov
On March 24, Russian newspaper Kommersant reported the death of billionaire Vasily Melnikov in his luxury apartment in Nizhny Novgorod, the sixth-largest city in the country.

Mikhail Watford

February 28th 2022

Ukrainian-born Russian tycoon Mikhail Watford was found dead in his home in Surrey in the U.K. on February 28th 2022.

Watford—who had changed his name from the original Tolstosheya—was born in 1955 in then-Soviet Ukraine and had made a name for himself after becoming an oil and gas magnate.

Watford, 66 years old, was found hanged in the garage of his home by a gardener, according to The Daily Mail. Surrey police said the circumstances around his death were not suspicious, as reported by the BBC.

Watford lived in the house with his Estonian wife Jane and his three children.

Mikhail Watford
Watford lived in the house with his Estonian wife Jane and his three children.

Alexander Tyulyakov

February 25th 2022

On February 25th 2022, Gazprom’s Deputy General Director of the Unified Settlement Center (UCC) for Corporate Security, Alexander Tyulyakov, was found dead in a cottage near St. Petersburg, as reported by the Russian newspaper Gazeta.

Tyulyakov’s body was reportedly found hanged in the apartment’s garage. Police found a note next to his body that led investigators to believe the oligarch had died by suicide.

An employee of the Investigative Committee for the Leningrad region working on Tyulyakov’s death told independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta that forensic specialists were already working at the scene of the apparent suicide when Gazprom’s security service staff arrived and cordoned off the crime scene, leaving police officers outside the house.

Tyulyakov, 61, had worked for Gazprom for about ten years, and had previously served as Deputy General Director for Corporate Security and Human Resources at the energy giant.

Alexander Tyulyakov
Tyulyakov, 61, had worked for Gazprom for about ten years, and had previously served as Deputy General Director for Corporate Security and Human Resources at the energy giant.

Igor Nosov

February 8th 2022

CEO of the Russian Far East and Arctic Development Corporation (KRDV) and former Deputy Governor of Nizhny Novgorod.


Reportedly suffered a stroke.



Leonid Shulman

January 30th 2022

The first death linked to Russian energy giant Gazprom dates back to before the Russian invasion of Ukraine had even started, in January.

At that time, 60-year-old Gazprom’s top manager Leonid Shulman was found dead in the bathroom of a cottage in the Leningrad region, next to a note that led police to believe he died by suicide, according to Gazeta and Russian media group RBC.

RBC reports that Gazprom Invest said it was investigating the death of Schulman.

“Our colleague, the head of the transport service, Leonid Aleksandrovich Shulman, has passed away. The circumstances are being investigated,” RBC quotes the company saying.

According to RBC, Shulman was on sick leave when he died.

Leonid Shulman
According to RBC, Shulman was on sick leave when he died.

Boris A. Berezovsky


LONDON — A British coroner said Thursday that he could not establish whether the mysterious death of Boris A. Berezovsky, a businessman and power broker from Russia, was suicide or homicide.

The unusual open verdict seemed to offer an aptly enigmatic epitaph for Mr. Berezovsky, a onetime mathematics professor who lived a life of intrigue
and drama in Russia from the breakup of the Soviet Union, when he acquired great wealth, until 2000, when he fell afoul of President Vladimir V. Putin and fled into self-exile in London.

From here, he mounted a sustained political campaign against Mr. Putin until 2013, when he was found dead in a locked bathroom at a luxury home outside London belonging to a former wife, Galina Besharova.

Boris-A- Berezovsky
Speculative theories have swirled around Mr. Berezovsky’s death ever since, not least because one of his close associates, the former K.G.B. officer Alexander V. Litvinenko, died in 2006 after being poisoned with a rare radioactive isotope, polonium 210.