At the bottom of the pool near the villa in St. Petersburg, the detectives found several bullet casings, above which the corpse of the Gazprom manager was floating: Yuri Voronov (61) was shot in the head.
The wife of the killed multimillionaire is said to have testified to the police that the suspects were “dishonest contractors” who “cheated her husband out of a lot of money”.
Voronov was the well-known head of a logistics company that had lucrative deals with Gazprom in the Arctic.
This recent murder is also one of a series of mysterious deaths of Russian oligarchs. Speculations are now circulating about possible punitive actions by the Kremlin.
For example, Alexander Tyulyakov, deputy director general of Gazprom, was found hanged in his villa near St. Petersburg a day after Russia attacked Ukraine.
In the same area, a month earlier, former Gazprom executive Leonid Schulman was found dead in the bathroom of his home. Farewell letters were found on both of them.
In the UK, oligarch Mikhail Watford was found hanged in the garage of his mansion.
In March, the Russian news agency TASS reported the death of oligarch Vasily Melnikov, his wife and two children near Nizhny Novgorod. According to the investigators, Melnikov first killed his wife and children and then himself.
In April, former deputy head of Gazprom Bank Valdislav Avaev and former manager of Novatek, Russia’s largest private gas producer, Sergey Protosenya died. Both are said to have killed their wife and children first and then themselves.
In May, Andrei Krukovsky (37), director of the Krasnaya Polyana ski resort, the most important winter sports resort in Russia, allegedly had an accident while hiking.
In the same month, Alexander Subbotin (43), manager of oil giant Lukoil, is said to have died while visiting a shaman.