Russian Billionaire Yuri Voronov Found Dead
On 4 July 2022 , at around 2 p.m., the body of 61-year-old Yuri Voronov was found in his home in the affluent Vyborgsky district of the Leningrad region. He had a gunshot wound to the head, and a pistol and casings were found nearby.
Voronov was the founder and general director of the Astra-Shipping transport and logistics company, which was involved in lucrative Gazprom contracts in the Arctic.
What Happened to Yuri Voronov?
On Monday, 4 July 2022, Yuri Baranov was found dead in his swimming pool from a head wound suffered from a gunshot.
He was shot in the head point-blank and a Grand Power pistol was discovered nearby in his villa outside of St. Petersburg. Two spent shell casings were found at the bottom of the pool.
Was Yuri Voronov’s Death a Suicide or Murder?
His wife told the police suggests that her husband left the city on July 1st because he was struggling with alcohol abuse and financial problems. He began drinking heavily after losing a lot of money to dishonest contractors and partners.
The Mysterious Circumstances of Yuri Voronov’s Death
Forensic evidence suggests the gun was fired at point-blank range, killing the victim between midnight and 5 AM on July 4th. Police are investigating who owns the gun, and CCTV footage shows no one entering or leaving the house since July 1st.
Theories Behind Yuri Voronov’s Death
His company had high debt in 2020 and 2021. Yuri Voronov thought that this was due to his dishonest Partners and Contractors. His heavy alcohol consumptions and financial problems made him commit suicde.
Was Voronov’s Death a Message to Other Russian Oligarchs?
Voronov’s death follows reports of a number of other deaths at mansions in the elite suburb of St Petersburg fuelling rumours murders are being staged to look like suicides.
The Dark Secrets Behind Yuri Voronov’s Death
It is noteworthy that the series of mysterious deaths among the Russian oligarchs working in the energy and transport sectors began before the Russian war on Ukraine.
The claims that these people were “killed because they had secret information” have been creating controversy in the Russian press for a long time. Igor Volobuev, one of the former vice presidents of Gazprombank, who fled to Ukraine after the Russian invasion and criticized the Kremlin harshly, argues that Avayev was killed by the intelligence due to confidential information in his possession.
Russian businessman Yuri Voronov had close relations with the Russian state energy giant Gazprom.
What Do Voronov’s Death and Other Recent Deaths of Russian Oligarchs Mean for the Future of Russia?
A number of Russian oligarchs have died in recent months. All of them were close to the Kremlin, very rich, involved in the Russian energy industry, and against the war in Ukraine.
International investigators think these deaths may have been suicides or murders. They believe this because the oligarchs were against the Kremlin’s war in Ukraine or because they were involved in corruption in the Russian energy industry.
Deaths of Russian Oligarchs 2022 ( Till June)
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.