(NewsGlobal.com)- More than a dozen Russian oligarchs mysteriously passed away in 2022, including some wealthy members of struggling President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. This raises the question of whether the Kremlin is to blame for the run of fatalities or just coincidence.
While some killed were well-known for being vociferous Putin opponents, others might be better described as Putin’s buddies. More than 200 days after giving the fateful order to invade Ukraine, Putin has encountered widespread opposition from the West and is even starting to experience domestic unrest.
Ivan Pechorin, Putin’s point man for developing Russia’s abundant Arctic resources, reportedly slid off the side of a boat in waters near Russky Island.
After a day-long search, his body was discovered.
It happened barely a few weeks after Ravil Maganov, the chairman of the publicly critical Russian oil corporation Lukoil, purportedly died after falling from a hospital window.
Igor Nosov, 43, the CEO of the company, passed away unexpectedly from a “stroke” in February.
Yevgeny Zinichev, 55, a former bodyguard for Vladimir Putin and the minister of emergencies, was also associated with the Arctic.
He died in a mysterious fall at a waterfall in the Russian Arctic a year ago.
According to some experts, Putin was developing himself as a potential successor, and a friend claimed he was murdered.
At his funeral, Putin showed signs of distress.
Although this has not been officially confirmed, one source said that the chairman of Lukoil, the second-largest oil business in Russia, was “beaten” before being “thrown out of a window.”
Putin paid his homage to Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader to pass away, at the prestigious Central Clinical Hospital shortly after Maganov’s body was discovered there.
A prominent friend who is a notable criminologist warned of foul play after Yuri Voronov, 61, the CEO of a transport and logistics company for a Gazprom-affiliated company, was discovered dead in his swimming pool in July.
In upscale residences close to St. Petersburg, two additional deaths of executives connected to Gazprom were recorded, raising questions about whether apparent suicides were murders.
The day after the conflict in Ukraine broke out in February, Alexander Tyulakov, 61, a senior deputy general director level financial and security executive for Gazprom, was found by his boyfriend.
In his £500,000 house, he had a noose around his neck.
However, rumors claim he had been severely assaulted just before he “took his own life,” raising the possibility that he was under a lot of pressure.
Move over Arkancide; Putincide says, “hold my Vodka.”