Oligarchs Deaths

Mysterious Death of Oligarch Igor Nosov on 8 Feb 2022

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

The Press Release by the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East stated

” We regret to announce the sudden death of Igor Nikolaevich Nosov, CEO of the Corporation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic. ”

The Ministry expressed its condolences to Nosov’s family and friends. Igor Nikolaevich Nosov has been the head of the Far East and Arctic Development Corporation since May 2021.

Parents of Igor Nosov

Igor Nosov was born on April 20, 1978 in Kazan. He was the child of Khalima Iskanderova and Nikolai Nosov . Khalima is one of the most popular tatar actresses, famous for her roles in Tatar Theatre and films both in Russian and Tatar.

Igor Nosov was the child of Khalima Iskanderova and Nikolai Nosov
Igor Nosov was the child of Khalima Iskanderova and Nikolai Nosov

Igor Nosov is the son of the actress of the Galiaskar Kamal Tatar Academic Theatre, Khalima Iskanderova, and Nikolai Nosov, who was said to be a great expert in Jazz.

Nikolai Nosov was born into a wealthy family of pre-revolutionary merchants in Kazan, Russia. Although he was an electronic engineer by profession and did not play any musical instruments himself, he was a passionate jazz fan and collector. He amassed a vast collection of jazz records and was personally acquainted with many famous musicians, including Oleg Lundstrem. At the turn of the century, he wrote columns about jazz for the newspapers Izvestia Tatarstan and Time and Money.

Igor inherited his parents’ artistic talents. He performed in school plays, including the title role in a children’s production of the musical Oliver Twist, and was a talented singer.

Oleg Lundstrem
Oleg Lundstrem

Education of Igor Nikolaevich Nosov

Igor did his early schooling at school 39 in Vakhitovsky district, Russia . Igor Nosov‘s official biography states that he graduated from the University of Cambridge, the Law Institute of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Moscow, and the University of Colorado, where he earned his MBA.

Career of Igor Nosov

  • Igor started his career at the Moscow Office of Philip Morris International.
  • In 2008, he chaired the BoD of Special Economic Zone “Alabuga”.
  • He then became Deputy Director General of Special Economic Zone “Innopolis”. Moscow.
  • From 2010 to 2012, he held the post of first Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Republic of Tatarstan.
  • 2013-2018, he was Director General of SEZ Innopolis JSC.
  • On July 2, 2018, he became acting Deputy Governor and Deputy Chairman of the government of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast.
  • In 2018-2020, he served as Deputy Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod Region, previously as General Director of Innopolis Special Economic Zone JSC.
  • Since May 2021, He has headed the Corporation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic, Igor Nosov till his death on 8 Feb 2022.

Putin has been appointing young people in their 30s and 40s to leadership positions in the government and bureaucracy. These new leaders have a vision of the economic challenges of the 21st century. Putin’s special attention to the “pro-Westerner” Igor explains his rapid rise.

Death of Igor Nikolaevich Nosov

On February 8 2022 , the company’s General Director, Igor Nosov, died at the age of 43. Officially, the cause of death was reported as a cerebrovascular accident (CVA).

The KVRD company overlaps its field of work with Russian energy companies, which are competing to achieve greater gains from the exploitation of oil and gas fields in the Arctic shelf of Russia and the continental shelf in the Far East of Russia. This competition is particularly intense due to the opportunities created by climate change.

The biggest contenders for oil in the region are:

  • Rosneft Corporation, a state-owned company headed by Igor Sechin, a close associate of President Putin.
  • Lukoil, a private company founded by Vagit Alekperov in the 1990s. Alekperov was forced to resign from Lukoil after the war on Ukraine due to Western sanctions.

The biggest contenders for gas in the region are:

  • Gazprom, a state-owned company headed by Alexey Miller, a friend and co-worker of Putin’s in the 1990s.
  • Novatek, a private company owned by Leonid Mikhelson, Putin’s friend and partner in playing hockey. Novatek began exploiting gas fields in the Arctic years ago and has opened factories to produce liquefied gas for export.

It is noteworthy that the last two companies also lost several first-class leaders in a series of mysterious deaths in recent months.

Russian affairs expert Dr. Mahmoud Al-Hamza believes that the deaths of many prominent Russian energy businessmen in extraordinary circumstances are unlikely to be due to natural causes. He suggests that they are more likely the result of conflicts and settlement of accounts between businessmen, oligarchs, and energy companies.

Dr. Al-Hamza also points out that the conditions of the siege and Western sanctions on Russian energy companies have complicated the affairs of these companies. Additionally, there are conflicts over the distribution of wealth and disagreements over positions within the companies themselves. These factors may also be behind the deaths of these businessmen.

Dr. Al-Hamza concludes by noting that these incidents, such as the removal of prominent businessmen in energy companies, remind us of the 1990s, when killing and assassinations were taking place between competitors to loot and steal Russia’s wealth. He suggests that this is happening again and that the impacts of the Ukrainian war have increased the pace.

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