Police are investigating the deaths of two Russian oligarchs who were found dead alongside their wives and children one day apart in their luxury homes in Moscow and Spain.
According to Russia’s TASS news agency, Vladislav Avayev, the former vice president of Gazprombank, was found dead in his Moscow apartment on Monday from a gunshot wound. According to reports, the predominant theory is that Avayev shot his wife and daughter before killing himself.
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In the Russian capital, Avayev, 51, his wife Yelena, 47, and their 13-year-old daughter Maria were discovered with gunshot wounds.Anastasia Avayev, Avayev’s 26-year-old daughter, discovered them after she was unable to contact them, according to police spokeswoman Yulia Ivanova.
Officials believe the 14th floor apartment’s door was locked from the inside, and they suspect a murder-suicide. Avayev’s wife and daughter, they assume, were shot before he was.
Anastasia stated that she discovered a gun in her father’s hand. According to Spanish media, another oligarch, Sergei Protosenya, was found hanging in Spain the next day, with his wife and daughter stabbed to death.
Their deaths were discovered Tuesday, with a bloodstained knife and an axe at his side, according to reports.Protosenya was the former vice president and chief financial officer of Novatek, a large gas corporation with close ties to Gazprombank and a fortune of over £333 million.
According to Spanish news station Telecinco, Protosenya, his wife, and their daughter were living in a rented luxury mansion in Lloret de Mar for the Easter period. According to the police, Natalia and Maria were chopped to death in their beds with an axe.
Police in the area have confirmed that they are looking into the deaths, saying in a statement: “The deaths of three people in a property in Lloret de Mar are being investigated by police officers from the Generalitat-Mossos d’Esquadra of the Girona Police Region’s Criminal Investigation Division (DIC).
“[Police] received word this afternoon that the Lloret de Mar Local Police had discovered the bodies of three people in a private residence in the town.” A large number of police officers have arrived on the scene. The DIC has launched an investigation into the fatalities’ circumstances.
“Mikhail Watford, a 66-year-old businessman from Ukraine who gained his wealth in oil and gas, was discovered dead in his Surrey mansion last month.