A mysterious murder case in Moscow is currently occupying the authorities: the former vice president of the Russian Gazprombank Vladislav Avayev (50) was found dead in his apartment, as were his wife and daughter Maria (13).
A relative had previously tried to reach the family by phone several times – without success. The woman was concerned and decided to visit her loved ones. She found the bodies of the former Vice President of Gazprombank and his wife Elena in a room. The body of 13-year-old daughter Maria was in another room. All victims had gunshot wounds.
According to the preliminary findings of the investigation, it is a matter of murder and subsequent suicide, i.e. Vladislav Avayev first killed his wife and teenage daughter and then committed suicide. For example, the head of the family who was killed is said to have held a gun in his hand.
The background to the fact is still unclear. They could also be purely private in nature. According to unofficial information, the ex-banker had a difficult relationship with his wife. He is said to have found out that she was pregnant by her driver. In addition, he is said to have had a legal dispute with her regarding custody of their daughter. The marriage of the two was not divorced.
Gazprombank, of which the dead banker was ex-president, is currently viewed as a kind of Russian Trojan horse. Currently, oil and gas deliveries are processed through their accounts. The bank – so the accusation – is also financing the Ukraine war with its income. A major reason why the sanctions against Russia are currently having little effect: Gazprombank has been exempted from them.
Gazprombank is one of the largest banks in Russia. It was founded in 1990 as a subsidiary of the Russian energy group Gazprom, but is no longer majority-owned. Today it is an open joint-stock company, but indirectly it is largely owned by the Russian state. Namely, the largest shareholders are the pension fund “Gazfonds” (49 percent), Gazprom (35 percent) and Vneshekonombank (10 percent). In addition to pure banking business, Gazprombank is also one of the largest media groups in Russia through its subsidiary Gazprom-Media. In addition, the bank owns a heavy industry enterprise (OMZ) that produces equipment for mining, petrochemicals and nuclear power plants.