Yet another senior official has inexplicably plummeted to his death as the death toll among Russia’s political and business elite continues to climb.
Anatoly Gerashchenko, the former head of the Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI) reportedly slipped and tumbled down a flight of stairs at the institute’s headquarters in the Russian capital this morning.
“On September 21, 2022, Anatoly Nikolaevich Gerashchenko, doctor of technical sciences, professor, adviser to the rector of the Moscow Aviation Institute, died as a result of an accident,” the organization’s press service said. .
“The staff of the Moscow Aviation Institute express their condolences to the family and friends of Anatoly Nikolaevich. This is a colossal loss for the MAI and the scientific and educational community.
MAI is one of Russia’s leading scientific research universities responsible for the development of aerospace technology. Gerashchenko spent his life working with the institute, attending college as an engineer before rising through the ranks to run the operation for eight years.
His highly suspicious death comes less than two weeks after Vladimir Putin’s right-hand man for the development of Russia’s vast Arctic resources ‘fell overboard’ while sailing off the country’s Pacific coast .
Ivan Pechorin, 39, was managing director of Putin’s Far East and Arctic Development Corporation and had recently attended a major conference hosted by the Kremlin warmonger in Vladivostok.
The pair are the latest in a long line of senior officials in Russia’s Kremlin-linked energy, technology and finance sectors to die in suspicious circumstances in recent months.
Anatoly Gerashchenko, the former head of the Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI) reportedly slipped and tumbled down a flight of stairs at the institute’s headquarters in the Russian capital this morning – the latest in a long line of senior officials Russians who died in strange circumstances
Ivan Pechorin (L), point man for Vladimir Putin’s Arctic development, died earlier this month after “falling overboard” into the sea from a boat near Vladivostok. Igor Nosov (R), CEO of the Far East and Arctic Development Corporation, also died earlier this year in his early 40s, apparently from a ‘stroke’
Pechorine fell off the edge of a boat in waters near Russky Island near Cape Ignatiev, Russian daily Komsomolskaya Pravda said.
His body was found after a search lasting more than a day.
“Ivan’s death is an irreparable loss to friends and colleagues, a great loss to society,” an official company statement read.
“We offer our sincere condolences to family and friends.”
The company’s former CEO, Igor Nosov, 43, also died suddenly in February, apparently from a stroke.
Development of the Arctic – a rich source of oil and gas for Russia – is seen as essential amid unprecedented sanctions and economic problems facing Putin’s economy due to his war in Ukraine.
Pechorin was also responsible for developing the airline industry in Russia’s vast east, a sector particularly strained by Western economic restraints.
But his death is just the latest in a series of unexplained incidents just before and during the war with Ukraine that have seen a slew of Russian eminences meet a difficult end.
Each death has been presented as an accident or suicide by authorities, but many believe officials who are seen as a threat to Putin’s power, likely because of the sensitive information they know, are simply being taken off the field. game. .
On September 1, oil tycoon Ravil Maganov, 67, died from the sixth-floor window of a Moscow hospital.
A report said the chairman of Lukoil – Russia’s second-largest oil company – was “beaten” before being “thrown out the window”, although this has not been independently confirmed.
Lukoil had previously expressed his opposition to the war in Ukraine.
Maganov’s death came shortly before Putin arrived at the elite Central Hospital to pay his last respects to the last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who died in hospital days earlier.
Ravil Maganov, chairman of Russian oil giant Lukoil, died after falling from a window of Moscow’s Central Clinical Hospital (pictured with Vladimir Putin in 2019)
Yuri Voronov, 61, was found dead in August
Two more deaths of Gazprom-linked executives have been reported at elite homes near St Petersburg, fueling suspicions that the deaths may well be murders
In July, Yuri Voronov, 61, head of a transport and logistics company for a Gazprom-linked company, was found dead in his swimming pool amid reports of foul play.
Two other deaths of Gazprom-linked executives have been reported at elite homes near St Petersburg, fueling suspicions that the deaths may well be murders.
Alexander Tyulakov, 61, a senior Gazprom finance and security official at deputy director general level, was discovered by his lover the day after the war in Ukraine began in February.
His neck was in a noose at his £500,000 home in the elite gated Leninsky housing estate, but multiple reports claim his body had been badly beaten, suggesting he was under intense pressure from bad actors.
It came just three weeks after Leonid Shulman, 60, a transport manager at Gazprom Invest, was found dead with multiple stab wounds in a pool of blood on his bathroom floor at the same residence closed.
Billionaire Alexander Subbotin, 43, a former senior executive at energy giant Lukoil, died in May
Former Kremlin official and Gazprombank vice president Vladislav Avayev, 51, appears to have committed suicide after killing his wife and one of his daughters in April
Billionaire Alexander Subbotin, 43, also linked to Kremlin-friendly energy giant Lukoil, of which he was a top executive, was found dead in May.
One theory is that Subbotin – who also owned a shipping company – was poisoned by toad venom triggering a heart attack.
And in April, wealthy Vladislav Avayev, 51, a former Kremlin official with close ties to Russian financial institution Gazprombank, appeared to have killed himself after killing his wife Yelena, 47, and daughter, 13.
Friends have disputed reports that he was jealous after his wife admitted she was pregnant by their driver, and some claim he had access to Kremlin elite financial secrets.
Russian gas tycoon Sergey Protosenya (pictured), his wife Natalya, 53, and their teenage daughter Maria were found dead in their Spanish mansion, Lloret de Mar, on April 19.
Ukrainian-born multi-millionaire Yevgeny Palant, 47, and his wife Olga Palant, 50, were found stabbed to death in their family home in the Moscow region last week
Days later, multi-millionaire Sergey Protosenya, 55, was found hanged in Spain, after he apparently killed his wife Natalia, 53, and their teenage daughter Maria with an axe.
He was a former vice president of Novatek, a company also closely linked to the Kremlin.
As with Avayev, it is suggested that this may have been an assassination presented as a murder-suicide.
Last week, a mobile phone multi-millionaire and his wife were found stabbed to death in another case that has raised further suspicion.
Yevgeny Palant, 47, and his wife Olga, 50, both of Ukrainian origin, were found by their daughter Polina, 20, after suffering multiple stab wounds.
An official media briefing claimed the woman killed herself in a jealous rage after Palant said he was leaving her – claims that were strongly opposed by the couple’s best friend.