According to Russian media reports, six Russian billionaires have been killed in a series of deadly incidents since the invasion of Ukraine.
The Russian people are more interested because all the dead are insiders of Putin. The death toll is even higher, he said. On April 19, Spanish police found that Russian billionaire Sergey Protosenya and his family had been found dead in a summer house in the coastal city of Lloret de Mar. Spanish police say they are still investigating the plot.
On April 18, Vladislav Avayev, the former head of Gazprombank, Russia’s main bank, was found dead in an apartment in central Moscow with his family. Moscow police say Vladislav Avayev shot his family first and then killed himself. On March 24, Russian police found billionaire Vasily Melnikov dead with his family at a multimillion-dollar home in Nizhny Novgorod. Russian police say they have killed a family member and taken his own life. On February 28, Mikhail Tolstosheya, a 66-year-old Russian billionaire living in Britain, committed suicide at his British residence. According to Russian media reports, Alexander Tyulakov, a 61-year-old billionaire, committed suicide on February 25, the day after the invasion.
Alexander Tyulakov is the treasurer of the Russian oil company Gazprom. All of the suicide bombers were Putin’s confidants and enriched by the oil and gas industry. Independent Russian media have described the deaths as dishonest. It is said that in the run-up to the invasion of Ukraine, Russian spies assassinated billionaires who were uncomfortable with Putin and committed suicide. Putin himself has publicly said that those calling for an end to the current invasion of Ukraine are Western-backed traitors and should be dismissed as traitors to the country.