Ravil Maganov death: who was Lukoil chairman, views on Russia Ukraine war, what other executives have died?

The Lukoil chairman is said to have died at the age of 67 after falling from a hospital window, Russian media has reported

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Prominent Russian businessman Ravil Maganov has died at the age of 67.

The top executive was best well-known as the chairman of the Russian energy corporation Lukoil.

His death comes after the passing of several other Russian oligarchs and businessmen in the past few months.

Ravil Maganov, Lukoil chairman, has died after falling from a hospital window. (Credit: Getty Images)Ravil Maganov, Lukoil chairman, has died after falling from a hospital window. (Credit: Getty Images)
Ravil Maganov, Lukoil chairman, has died after falling from a hospital window. (Credit: Getty Images)

Who was Ravil Maganov?

Maganov was born in the Soviet Union in 1954.

He first grew to prominence in Russian society when he co-founded the energy corporation Lukoil in 1991.

Maganov was said to have come up with the name for the company, which would go on to become Russia’s biggest private company.

Throughout his years at Lukoil, he held many positions including the vice president of oil production in 1994, and executive vice president of the corporation in 2006.

In 2020, Maganov was appointed as chairman of the company.

How did Ravil Maganov die?

Lukoil officially announced the passing of its chairman with a statement in which they said he died after battled a “serous illness”.

Russian state media reported that he had been hospitalised with heart problems and depression, however Lukoil made no specific reference to this in its statement.

However, Russian media outless Tass reported that Maganov had fallen from a window at Moscow’s Central Clinical Hospital in an apparent suicide.

What were Ravil Maganov’s views on the Ukrainian war?

As a notable member of Russian society, Maganov went against the grain of his peers and publically spoke out against the 2022 invasion of Ukraine.

He labelled the conflict a “tragedy” and express his symphathies to the victims of the war.

Shortly following the invasion on 24 February 2022, Lukoil issued a statement in which it called for the “soonest termination of the armed conflict”.

The company’s president Vagit Alekperov resigned from Lukoil in April 2022 after major economic sanctions were imposed on him by the UK in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Which other executives have died?

Some have theorised that the death of Maganov is connected to the death of other top Russian businessmen in the last few months.

In addition to Maganov passing, Lukoil board member Alexander Subbotin died in May.

He was found in the basement of a Jamacian Shaman’s appartment in Moscow, with his cause of death citied as a drug-induced heart attack as part of a ritual, however other have suspected toad poisoning.

Nine other prominent business men have also died in the past few months, including Sergei Protosenya anb Vladislav Avayev.

Protosenya, a former executive at gas company Novatek, was found in his bed at a residence in Spain’s Lloret de Mar in April 2022, with stab wounds to his body. His wife and daughter were also found in their beds dead with stab wounds also present.

Avayev was found dead one day before Protosenya, at a luxury appartment in Moscow.

The former vice-president of Gazprombank was similarly foudnbeside those of his wife and their 13-year-old daughter.

Others to have died in recent months include:

  • Leonid Shulman - head of transport at Gazprom Invest
  • Alexander Tyulakov - executive at Gazprom
  • Mikhail Watford - Ukrainian-born Russian billionaire
  • Vasily Melnikov - owner of medical company Medstorm
  • Andrei Krukovsky - manager of the Krasnaya Polyana ski resort, which is owned by Gazprom
  • Yuri Voronov - CEO of Astra-Shipping
  • Dan Rapoport - Latvian-born Russian businessman and notable critic of Vladimir Putin
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