Drowning of Russian cadre, latest in string of mysterious deaths

The recent death of a Russian executive who fell into the sea is the latest in a spate of mysterious deaths among Russian energy executives since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

According to local media in the Russian Far East city of Vladivostok, Ivan Pechorin, head of the aviation department of the Far East and Arctic Development Company (KRDV), was intoxicated and fell from a ship while sailing near a Russian island on September 10. His body was found washed ashore 100 miles from Vladivostok after a two-day search.

Two days before his death, he attended the Eastern Economic Forum held in the city and gave a speech on traffic. The forum focused on the economic development of Russia’s energy- and mineral-rich Far East. Russian President Vladimir Putin also attended the forum on September 7 and delivered a speech.

Pechorin, 39, was known in the region as “Putin’s Man.” It was reported that Putin personally placed him in the position. Many consider his accident an anomaly.

He’s not the first company executive to die mysteriously. In February, his 43-year-old CEO of the company, Igor Nosov, died of a stroke. After learning at a meeting that he had been fired, Nosov fell ill and died shortly thereafter, according to Russian economic daily RBC. The report did not mention the reasons for his dismissal.

Nosov’s tenure lasted just nine months, while his predecessor, Eduardo Cerkin, also appointed by the government, served just four months.

KRDV is a key player in President Putin’s project to develop the rich energy and mining resources of Russia’s easternmost region. Pechorin was responsible for improving air access in the region by modernizing airport infrastructure.

Development in the Russian Far East, including the Arctic Circle, has become increasingly important for the Russian economy, which faces severe sanctions from Western countries.

Expert: Energy industry covertly funds Russian intelligence operations

About the unusual series of deaths of Russian energy executives this year, Swedish economist Anders Aslund, author of the book “Crony Capitalism in Russia: The Road from Market Economy to Kleptocracy,” said that special agents I feel responsible.

“There’s a lot of cleaning going on and it’s hard to track down anyone… who’s doing it,” he said. new york post“But this looks like a Kremlin murder to me.”

Citing his own Russian sources, Asland told the newspaper that Russian intelligence agencies had compiled two lists of senior officials in the country’s energy sector. He said officials suspected someone in the energy industry leaked information about funding covert operations conducted by Russia’s foreign intelligence services, including the invasion of Ukraine.

“President Putin finances many businesses through Gazprom and Gazprom Bank, and the executives working there know all about this secret financing. The gas sector is the most corrupt sector in Russia,” said Aslant. Stated.

According to April report Security officials at Gazprom, the world’s largest listed Russian state-owned natural gas company, were investigating four of the five executive deaths at the company, according to the think tank Warsaw Institute.

“At least two of the executives were familiar with the company’s financial flows,” the report said. “In each case, there is widespread suspicion that the death may have been staged as a suicide. But who did this and why? may be hiding traces of fraud in

Last September, Mark Gyetvay, chief financial officer of Novatek, Russia’s largest liquefied natural gas producer, was indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice for tax evasion for hiding many of his offshore assets. .

Mysterious deaths of four Gazprom executives

On February 25, Gazprom executive Alexander Chulakov was found hanged in a garage near St. Petersburg. Tyulyakov was deputy director of the Unified Clearing Center for Corporate Security (UCC) he Gazprom. Police and the company’s security department arrived on the scene shortly after the incident.

In late January, the company’s head of investment and transportation services, Leonid Shulman, was found dead in his bathroom from multiple stab wounds. said to have been found Next to him, he couldn’t stand the pain from the external fixation he was wearing for his leg injury.

Details of the suicide note are from Chinese media.

On April 18, former vice president of Gazprom Bank Vladimir Avaev, his wife and 13-year-old daughter were found dead in their Moscow apartment.

Investigators say 51-year-old Avayev killed his wife and daughter before committing suicide. His 22-year-old eldest daughter reportedly told her the apartment door was locked from the inside and there was no indication that anyone else was present at the time of the shooting.

However, those who contacted Abayev shortly before his death said he was in a good mood and unlikely to shoot his family. Shortly thereafter, two of his other senior executives at the company were found dead in a mansion near St. Petersburg.

In addition to these four fatalities, in July Yuri Voronov, founder of Astra Shipping, a transport and logistics company and contractor for Gazprom’s Arctic project, was killed in his hospital outside St. Petersburg. was found dead in the swimming pool of his luxury villa. Head at close range.

In addition to the theory that the top officials knew too much about the fraud, some suspect that he was killed for opposing the Russian-Ukrainian war, but the ongoing Russian war in Ukraine No one has publicly denounced the

Jennifer Bateman


Jennifer Bateman is a news writer who specializes in China.