Russian businessman who opposed Ukraine invasion falls from hospital window and dies

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Vladimir Putin with Ravil Maganov after receiving the Order of Alexander Nevsky. (Reuters)

A Russian businessman, chairman of the country’s second largest oil company, Lukoil, died on Thursday after falling from a Moscow hospital window, according to Vice News. Ravil Maganov, 67, dove from the sixth floor window of the Central Clinical Hospital. He was being treated for a heart condition at the hospital, which is known to serve the Russian elite and has earned the nickname “Kremlin clinic”, the outlet added in its report, citing Russian news agency Interfax. Mr. Maganov’s company had opposed the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Mr Maganov was taken to hospital after complaining of depression, the Vice News report says later. It was the same hospital where former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev died earlier this week.

According to BBCLukoil confirmed Mr Maganov’s death but said ‘he died of a serious illness’.

An investigation has been opened by local authorities to understand the reason for the businessman’s death, the media said.

Lukoil was one of the few major Russian companies to call for an end to fighting in Ukraine after Moscow sent troops to the pro-Western country in February.

In a statement in marchthe company’s board had called for an “immediate” end to the fighting, expressing sympathy for those affected by the “tragedy”.

President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday that Mr Maganov’s death was not about the Kremlin.

Mr. Maganov was born in 1954. He had worked at Lukoil since 1993 and was appointed chairman of the company in 2020.

He was among the early leaders of Lukoil and, according to the company, coined its current name.

Lukoil’s billionaire CEO Vagit Alekperov had announced his resignation after being hit by British sanctions over the Ukraine offensive.

There are also other Russian oligarchs who died in unusual circumstances: former Novatek director Sergei Protosenya, former Gazprombank vice-president Vladislav Avayev and former Lukoil tycoon Alexander Subbotin.

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