After asking Putin to end Ukraine war, Russian Lukoil chairman Maganov falls to death in Moscow

Ravil Maganov, chairman of Russia’s second-largest oil producer Lukoil, has died after falling from a hospital window in Moscow, becoming the latest in a series of sudden unexplained deaths of businessmen.

Two sources confirmed to Reuters news agency reports on Thursday by Russian media that the 67-year-old plunged to his death, but the circumstances surrounding his fall were unclear.

This morning Maganov fell out of a window of the Central Clinical Hospital. He died from his injuries.According to a police source , Maganov fell from the sixth-floor window of the hospital.Another source close to the company said there was a belief inside Lukoil management that he killed himself, but he had not seen evidence or documents to support that.Two people who knew Maganov well said they believed it was highly unlikely he committed suicide.

Lukoil said in a statement that Maganov had “passed away following a serious illness”.“Lukoil’s many thousands of employees mourn deeply for this grievous loss and express their sincere condolences to Ravil Maganov’s family,” it said.Lukoil was one of the few major Russian companies to call for the end of fighting in Ukraine after Moscow sent its troops there in February.

In a statement at the time, the Lukoil board called for an “immediate” end to the invasion, expressing its sympathy for those affected by the “tragedy”.

Several other senior executives with ties to Russia’s energy industry have died suddenly in unclear circumstances in the past few months.

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