Oligarchs Deaths

Alexander Buzakov ,Head of Russia’s Admiralty Shipyards Dead on 24 Dec 2022

General Director of Admiralty Shipyards JSC Alexander Buzakov suddenly died on 24 Dec 2022 at the age of 66. Alexander Buzakov has headed Admiralty Shipyards since August 2011.

The death occurred a day after Buzakov presided over the launch of Velikie Luki, part of the new Lada-class submarines that he said formed the future not only for Admiralty Shipyards but for the Russian Navy due to their advance systems in automation, hull, maneuverability and compactness.

launch of Velikie Luki by Admiralty Shipyards

United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), the parent company of Admiralty Shipyards, announced his sudden death but did not reveal the cause.

Death of Alexander Buzakov was announced by Russia’s Admiralty Shipyards, which built least 15 submarines for Indian Navy on the day Russian MP Pavel Antov died in Odisha in India.

"Velikiye Luki" (B-587) launch at JSC Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg.
“Velikiye Luki” (B-587) launch at JSC Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg.

Biography Of Alexander Buzakov

Alexander Buzakov was born on July 7, 1956 in St. Petersburg. After graduating from the Leningrad Shipbuilding Institute in 1980 with a degree in Marine Power Plants, he began working at the Admiralty Shipyards OJSC, where over the course of 23 years he worked his way up from a technologist to the chief engineer of the enterprise.

From 2004 to 2007, he held the position of General Director of OJSC Severnaya Verf Shipyard. A year later, Alexander Sergeevich became director of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise Sredne-Nevsky Shipbuilding Plant.

Since 2008, Buzakov has headed Western Shipbuilding Center OJSC, a subholding of United Shipbuilding Corporation OJSC.

Three years later, in July 2011, he returned to the Admiralty Shipyards to the position of chief engineer, and since August he has been temporarily acting as general director of the enterprise.

By the decision of the general meeting of shareholders of JSC Admiralty Shipyards on July 2, 2012, Alexander Buzakov was approved as the general director of the enterprise.

Over more than 30 years of experience in shipbuilding, with the direct participation and leadership of Alexander Buzakov, dozens of submarines and surface ships, as well as civilian vessels of various classes and purposes, have been built and commissioned, including those that have no analogues in domestic and global shipbuilding.


Laureate of the Russian Federation Government Prize in the field of science and technology, 2003

Order of Merit for the Fatherland, II degree

Medal “300 years of the Russian Navy”

Medal “In memory of the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg”

Sanctions imposed by Ukraine on Alexander Buzakov

Alexander Buzakov was sanctioned by Ukraine under the following names and reasons by Ukraine,

БУЗАКОВ Олександр Сергійович
БУЗАКОВ Александр Сергеевич
BUZAKOV Alexander Sergeevich

Reason for imposing sanctions

A CEO of ADMIRALTEISKIE VERFI JSC. A leader in tanker and submarine shipbuilding. The ships and vessels built at the company are part of the military and civilian fleets of Russia and many foreign countries, conquer the North Pole and conduct scientific research in Antarctica. In 2016, the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation and Admiralty Shipyards signed a contract for the construction of two ice-class patrol vessels of Project 23550 for the benefit of the Navy.

In 2021, Admiralty Shipyards JSC transferred a warship, the Magadan project 636.3 large submarine, to the Russian Navy. ADMIRALTY DOCKYARDS JSC is subject to sanctions imposed by the EU, the USA, Canada, Switzerland, Japan, and New Zealand. Thus, by holding the position, this person contributes to the actions of the government and President of the Russian Federation Putin V.V., who have prepared and are waging, contrary to the UN Charter, a war, combined with the commission of a crime – genocide, aimed at eliminating Ukraine as a sovereign member of the UN.

Russian Oligarchs Mysterious Deaths in 2022

Leonid Shulman

Leonid Shulman , a top executive for the Russian state-owned energy company Gazprom, was found dead of a reported suicide in a cottage in the village of Leninsky on Jan. 30 , 2022

Igor Nosov

The CEO of the Corporation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic, Igor Nosov, died on 8 Feb 2022.

Alexander Tyulakov 

Alexander Tyulakov , another top executive for Gazprom, was found dead on 25 February 2022 in a garage.

Mikhail Watford 

Ukraine-born oligarch Mikhail Watford was found dead on 28 February 2022 , three days after Tyulakov at his home in England.

Vasily Melnikov

On March 24 ,2022, Russian media reported that billionaire Vasily Melnikov, who owned the medical supply company MedStom , his wife, and their two sons were found dead in their luxury apartment in Nizhny Novgorod. They had all been stabbed, and the murder weapons Knifes were found at the scene.

Vladislav Avayev 

Vladislav Avayev, the former vice president of Gazprombank, one of the largest banks in Russia, which has ties to the energy industry, was found dead in his apartment in Moscow along with his wife and daughter on April 18. 

Sergey Protosenya 

Sergei Protosenya, a former deputy chairman of Novatek, a Russian natural gas firm, was found hanged while his wife and daughter were found stabbed to death at a villa in Spain on 19 April 2022.

Andrei Krukovsky

Andrei Krukovsky, the director of the Gazprom-owned Krasnaya Polyana ski resort, mysteriously fell off a cliff while hiking and died in May 2022.

Alexander Subbotin 

Former top Lukoil executive Alexander Subbotin was found dead in 8 May 2022 in the basement of a house near Moscow.

Yuri Voronov

Yuri Voronov, a 61-year-old Russian business executive having ties with Gazprom was found dead in his swimming pool with a gunshot wound to the head in Leningrad region at around 2 p.m on 4 July 2022.

Dan Rapoport

Dan Rapoport, a Latvia-born American businessman was found dead in front of a luxury apartment building by the D.C. Metro Police Department on 14 August 2022 .

Ravil Maganov

The chairman of the board of Russia’s largest private oil company LUKoil Ravil Maganov, 67, died on 1 Sept 2022 after falling from from the sixth-floor window of the Moscow ‘s Central Clinical Hospital. The hospital is also known as the Kremlin Clinic for its treatment of patients from Russia’s political and business elite. Ravil was reportedly hospitalized for heart problems and depression.

Ivan Pechorin

Ivan Pechorin ,managing director of the Far East and Arctic Development Corporation,  died on Sept 10 ,2022 , after he fell from his boat in the waters off Russky Island near Cape Ignatiev in the Sea of Japan.

Vladimir Sungorkin

Komsomolskaya Pravda editor-in-chief Vladimir Sungorkin, a prominent figure in the Russian media landscape, has died in mysterious circumstances on a business trip on 14 Sept 2022. 

Anatoly Gerashchenko

Russian aviation expert Anatoly Gerashchenko, who worked as the head of the Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI), has died after falling down the stairs. Gerashchenko is said to have slipped and tumbled down the stairs to his death.

Pavel Pchelnikov

Pavel Pchelnikov [ Павел Пчельников ] , the head of communications at Russian Railways subsidiary Digital Logistics, wasfound dead on his balcony by gunshot wound in the green Kolomenskaya Embankment neighbourhood of Moscow on Wednesday morning 28 September 2022. 

Nikolai Petrunin

State Duma deputy from the Tula region Nikolai Petrunin died on 12 October 2022 . He had been in a coma for a month with complications linked to severe Covid

Nikolai Mushegian

Nikolai Mushegian , MakerDAO Co-Founder was found dead in the water off a Puerto Beach on 28 October 2022, hours after he tweeted that the CIA and Mossad would “torture me to death.”

Vyacheslav Taran

Russian Cryptocurrency billionaire Vyacheslav Taran, 53, founder of Forex Club and president of the Libertex Group died in a helicopter crash near the French-Italian border on 25 November 2022.

Vladimir Makei

Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei died On 26 Nov 2022 according to the press secretary of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry Anatoly Glaz.

Grigory Kochenov

Grigory Kochenov, the 41-year-old creative director of AGIMA, a large Russian IT company, fell to his death from his 6th floor balcony in Nizhny Novgorod .while police officers were conducting a search of his apartment on 7 December 2022.

Dmitry Zelenov

Dmitry Zelenov , a 50 year old Russian Oligarch and Property Mogul died after allegedly falling down a flight of stairs during a visit with friends in the town of Antibes in the French Riviera on 9 December 2022.

Vladimir Bidenov

Vladimir Bidenov was found lying unconscious in his room on the first floor with a few empty wine bottles around him in Raygada district, Odisha (India) . The doctors declared him dead after he was rushed to the district hospital.

Pavel Antov

A Russian MP named Pavel Antov was found dead in a hotel room in India on December 25, 2023. Antov was traveling in India with a group of friends. 

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