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.
Who Was Ravil Maganov?
- Ravil Maganov was born on September 25, 1954 in the city of Almetyevsk, Republic of Tatarstan.
- Brother of the head of Tatneft, Nail Maganov
- Graduated from the Moscow Institute of Petrochemical and Gas Industry in 1977
- Worked at the Langepasneftegaz enterprise in the 1980s, rising to the position of general director
- In 1991, Langepasneftegaz was merged with two other oil producing enterprises to form the state oil concern LangepasUrayKogalymneft (LUKOIL)
- Invented the name “LUKOIL” using the initial letters of the cities where the enterprises were located
- Served as vice president for oil production, then first vice president, and in 2006 was appointed first executive vice president for exploration and production
- Elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of LUKOIL in June 2020 after the death of Valery Graifer
- Awarded the Order of Alexander Nevsky by President Vladimir Putin in November 2019
- Held the title “Honorary Oilman”
How Did Ravil Maganov Die?
Ravil Maganov was admitted three days ago in the therapy department of Moscow’s Kremlin Clinic with coronary heart disease. He was also diagnosed with depression, he was taking antidepressants for a long time. He started behaving suspiciously after hospitalization. On Thursday ( 1 Sept 2022 ) at 6:30 am, his body was found under the windows of the Central Clinical Hospital in Moscow. The police and the Investigative Committee are working on the spot. As per the he Main Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee for Moscow, he might have jumped out of the window of his room on the 6th floor.
Ravil Maganov could have accidentally fallen out of the room while smoking. There was a balcony not intended for exit, and a pack of cigarettes was found on the window.
The chairman of the board of directors of Lukoil Ravil Maganov fell from the facade of the main building of the Central Design Bureau, which is under repair. There were no surveillance cameras there . More over, these balconies that were not allowed for patients. According to one version, Maganov could have gone out there to smoke, after which he accidentally fell out. A pack of his cigarettes was found on the window in the room.
Maganov himself was in the hospital for a routine examination due to a long-standing pathology – he had heart problems. At the same time, the manager’s wife was in the next room. He did not leave any suicide notes.
The tragedy occurred on the birthday of Vagit Alekperov, the co-founder of Lukoil and its former president. In addition, this is the sixth death in a year associated with the oil and gas industry.
The name “LUKOIL” was coined by Maganov, who proposed using the initial letters of the cities of Langepas, Urai and Kogalym, where the enterprises were located.
Mysterious Death of Ravil Maganov: Was It Suicide, Murder, or Something Else?
It’s claimed that CCTV footage was not available because cameras had been “turned off for repairs”.
Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the hospital on September 1 to lay flowers beside the coffin of former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who died at the hospital on August 30.
LUKOIL confirmed the death of Mr. Maganov. The company noted that it occurred after a serious illness. It said :
MESSAGE OF PJSC LUKOIL
September 1, 2022
It is with deep regret that we inform you that the Chairman of the Board of Directors of PJSC LUKOIL, Ravil Maganov, has passed away after a serious illness.
Ravil Ulfatovich made an invaluable contribution not only to the development of the Company, but also to the entire Russian oil and gas industry.
Having started work as an oil field operator, a few years later he headed the Langepasneftegaz production association, one of the three production enterprises from which the history of LUKOIL began.
For many years, Ravil Ulfatovich Maganov headed the hydrocarbon exploration and production unit as First Executive Vice President. In 2020, he was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of PJSC LUKOIL.
Thanks to the managerial talent of Ravil Maganov, LUKOIL quickly went from a small oil-producing concern to one of the leading energy companies in the world, increased oil and gas production volumes many times over, developed new oil and gas provinces in the Caspian and Baltic Seas from scratch, and began the successful development of ultra-viscous oil projects in the Komi Republic, introduced advanced technological solutions to maintain production at depleted fields in Western Siberia, and became part of consortia in the most promising oil regions of the world.
For his success in the development of the Russian fuel and energy complex, Ravil Ulfatovich Maganov was awarded numerous state awards.
The LUKOIL team of many thousands mourns the irreparable loss and expresses deep condolences to the family of Ravil Ulfatovich Maganov. “
What Are the Theories Surrounding Ravil Maganov’s Death?
It was not clear whether Maganov’s death was an accident, a suicide or something more sinister.
Conflicting theories immediately emerged in the Russian media, with Tass citing an unnamed source in law enforcement as saying that Maganov had been taking antidepressants and killed himself.
Baza, an online outlet with links to the police, reported that the oil executive might have slipped while smoking on a balcony.
Lukoil confirmed Maganov’s death but said only that he “passed away following a severe illness.”
Lukoil CEO Vagit Alekperov has carefully navigated Putin’s reign, protecting the company from being taken over by Putin’s allies. In March 2022, Lukoil’s board of directors, headed by Maganov called for the “soonest termination of the armed conflict” in Ukraine and expressed support for negotiations. This statement did not explicitly condemn the invasion, but it did represent a distancing from Putin.
In other words, ukoil had managed to balance supporting Putin and his government while also maintaining some independence for Lukoil. This has been a difficult task, but he has so far been successful. The statement by Lukoil’s board in March 2022 was a significant step, as it was one of the few public statements by a major Russian company that did not explicitly support the invasion of Ukraine.
Deaths of Russian Oligarchs 2022 ( Till August 2022)
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
The CEO of the Corporation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic, Igor Nosov, died on 8 Feb 2022.
Alexander Tyulakov , another top executive for Gazprom, was found dead on 25 February 2022 in a garage.
Ukraine-born oligarch Mikhail Watford was found dead on 28 February 2022 , three days after Tyulakov at his home in England.
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, 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.
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.
Former top Lukoil executive Alexander Subbotin was found dead in 8 May 2022 in the basement of a house near Moscow.
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.