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Who Was Russia’s ‘Gas Wonderkid’ Nikolay 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

Russian MP Nikolay Petrunin Dies Suddenly at 47

Nikolay Petrunin, dubbed Russia ’s ‘Gas Wonderkid’, was only 47 when he died after being in a coma for a month. A pro-Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Member of Parliament remained in coma for a month and had complications related to severe COVID-19 infection.

Vyacheslav Volodin, chairman of the State Duma, said: “Nikolai Petrunin was a professional and responsible person, he was respected by his colleagues, and voters trusted him.”

Nikolay Petrunin’s death comes days after leading ‘incorruptible’ judge Sergey Maslov was killed in the Crimean Bridge blast a week ago.

Nikolay Petrunin was cremated at Troyekurovskoye cemetery.

Troyekurovskoye cemetery
Troyekurovskoye cemetery

Nikolay Petrunin: A Biography

Nikolay Petrunin was born in 1976.  He graduated from Vladimir State University with a degree in Economics. Management . In 2005, he did his PhD thesis in Economic Sciences from the Russian State Social University in Moscow. 

Nikolai Petrunin initially had businesses linked to Tourism and Beer Industries.

He worked as Managing Director of PromGazServis LLC till 2016. This company was engaged in the construction of gas pipelines in Surgut.

He was elected as a deputy of the State Duma of the 7th convocation from United Russia. Nikolay Petrunin was Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Energy. 

He took an active part in the public and social life of the region and was involved in charity work. In 2018, he was awarded the medal of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland, II degree.

Nikolay Petrunin was married to Albina Petrunina. She was a Major in Police. They had three children together. Albina later became the co-owner of MetaTrendCity company, along with influential Gazprom manager Vladimir Vasiliev.

Russian Oligarchs Deaths in 2022 ( Till Sept 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. 

Alexander Harris

Alexander Harris began his career as a journalist. He is one of the founders of the " Russian Oligarchs Tracker Unit ".

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