Suspected death of Russia's Oil King Ravil Maganov
Suspected death of Russia's Oil King: State media said - Ravil jumped from the sixth floor of the hospital; Putin was condemned for the Ukraine attack
Ravil Maganov, chairman of Russia's largest private oil company Lukoil with a market cap of more than Rs 3 lakh crore, died on Thursday. Russian state media reported that 67-year-old Ravil jumped from the window of the hospital's sixth-floor ward. This led to his death.
Ravil was admitted to the Central Clinical Hospital in Moscow for a routine checkup due to a cardiac ailment. He also complained of depression. However, an investigation has been launched into why and how he jumped or fell from the window of the hospital. It is said that Rawil's ward was in the main building and repairs are going on there. Due to this, the CCTV cameras were closed there.
Russian media speculate that Maganov had passed out for a smoke and jumped. A packet of cigarettes is being claimed to be found in the window. However, no suicide note has been found from them. Many high-profile patients are treated at this hospital in central Moscow. The last President of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, was admitted here before his death. Due to this, the security was tight and the surveillance was also strong.
Rawil's death is being considered suspicious because he was the only businessman to have criticized Putin. In March, Lukoil described Russia's attack on Ukraine as "tragic" and called for an end to the war.
Ravil was associated with Lukoil as an oil operator since 1990 and became chairman in 2020. Within a few years of joining the job, he had joined management. With his hard work, Lukoil grew from a small oil group to one of the world's largest energy companies. They were considered loyal to the Kremlin, but after the condemnation of the attack, the equations had changed.
In April this year, its CEO and billionaire Vagit Alekperov (assets Rs 1.27 lakh crore) stepped down as director and president. He took the move the day after Britain imposed sanctions over the Ukraine war and seven weeks after breaking ties with Putin.
Since the attack on Ukraine in February, several businessmen have died under suspicious circumstances. In April, the former manager of the gas company Sergei Protosennya Millionaire Novatek was found dead near his wife and daughter. In April, Vladislav Avayev, the former vice president of the private bank, was found dead along with his wife and daughter. In May, former Lukoil senior manager Alexander Subotin was killed. The mood of the country has changed after the assassination of pro-Kremlin journalist Daria Dugina and army recruitment in mid-August.