Ten critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin have died under mysterious circumstances since the war between Russia and Ukraine began on February 24. Recently, the dead body of Russian business tycoon Pavel Antonov was found in a hotel in the Odisha state of India. Antonov was a sausage tycoon and was present in India on the occasion of his 65th birthday. Death by falling from the window of a five-star hotel in Raigad, Odisha is raising many questions. Antonov was a well-known name in the city of Vladimir, east of Moscow. He opposed Putin’s Ukraine attack. He started the meat company, Vladimir Standard. Antonov’s death is raising many questions. Before him, the mysterious death of many eminent Russian citizens is putting Putin in the circle of questions.
What was Antonov’s mistake?
In June, Antonov protested the missile attack on Ukraine in his own way. Antov protested in a message sent on WhatsApp. A seven-year-old girl and her mother were injured in the missile attack on the Shevchenkivsky district under Ukraine’s capital Kyiv. There a person had died who was believed to be the father of that girl. Saddened by the attack, Antonov wrote, ‘A child has been taken out of the rubble. It seems that the child’s father has died. His mother was pulled out by a crane. She was buried under a stone.’ After this, he wrote, ‘To be honest, it is very difficult to call it anything other than terrorism.’
Antonov is said to have jumped off the roof, but Russian officials believe he fell from a window. Antonov was the richest parliamentarian in Russia in the year 2019. Before his death, the body of his friend Vladimir Budanov was also found in the same hotel. It is being told that Budanov died due to stroke. Antov was also the head of the Committee on Agricultural Policy and Environment. Antov’s WhatsApp message was believed to be a protest against the special military operation in Ukraine. However, he said that this message was posted by his manager by mistake.
Apart from Antonov, the body of 52-year-old Pavel Chelnikov was also found in his apartment in Moscow. He died due to bullet injury. Russian media claimed that Chelnikov had shot himself. Chelnikov was an officer in the Government Railway Company. A few days before his death, he had shared a holiday photograph with his family. In such a situation, when the news of his suicide came, everyone was shocked. It was said that the Putin government had a lot of pressure on Russia’s railways. According to Russian media, the railway could not defend itself from Ukrainian hackers and in such a situation it had to shut down its network. Because of this, there was a significant impact on the supply of essential goods during the war. On February 27, this company was banned by the European Union (EU).
Officer fell off a ladder
A few weeks before Chelnikov’s death, Anatoly Gerashchenko, who was close to Putin, was killed when he was descending the stairs of the flights. According to reports, 73-year-old Gerashchenko, who was also an aviation major, fell from several stairs at the Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI). It was said that he had died as soon as he fell. It was said about Gerashchenko that a few years ago he had dropped out of the list of those close to President Putin. Because of this, he had to leave the post of Rector seven years ago.
In September, the death of Ivan Pechorin, who was close to Putin, who developed Arctic resources for Russia, was also considered very mysterious. Pechorin, 29, fell from the boat and died at the same time. Pechorin was the person who discovered many resources in the Arctic for Russia.
Dead body found in the garage
Similarly, Russia’s oil businessman Ravil Magnaov also died under mysterious circumstances. Magnaov, 64, was the head of the Russian oil company Lukoil. His death after falling from the Central Clinic Hospital in Moscow shocked everyone. The death of Magnaov, who fell from the sixth floor of the hospital, was considered very mysterious. On February 25, a day after the start of the Ukraine war, the body of Alexander Tyulakov, a senior deputy director general rank officer of the Russian gas company Gazprom, was found by his girlfriend. The body of 61-year-old Alexander was found in the garage of his house.
Three weeks before Alexander’s death, the body of 60-year-old Leonid Shulman was found in another elite society in the Leningrad region. He was the head of transport at Gazprom Invest. Schulman’s body was found in the bathroom and she had been attacked multiple times. Similarly, 51-year-old Vladislav Ayvayev, the vice president of Gazprombank, was shot dead in his Moscow-based penthouse.
An opponent on the gallows
The dead body of 55-year-old Sergei Protosenya was found hanging in Spain. In March, the bodies of Russian billionaire Vasily Melnikov, his wife and two sons were found hanging in a luxury apartment in Nizhny Novgorod. Injuries were found on his body. The police had said on the incident that Melniko had first killed his family and then committed suicide. Neighbours, however, said they did not believe Melniko could do anything bad to his family or anyone else.