The chairman of Russian oil and gas giant Lukoil – who opposed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – has died after falling out of a hospital window, state news agencies RIA Novosti and TASS reported on Thursday.
According to reports citing hospital and law enforcement sources, Rabil Maganov died at the Central Clinical Hospital in the west of Moscow.
“The incident occurred at the Central Clinical Hospital at around 7 am Moscow time… A man fell from a window on the sixth floor and died from his injuries,” a source told TASS.
Lukoil confirmed Maganov’s death in a statement posted on its website, only stating that the executive died “after a serious illness” and did not mention the fall.
“It is with deep regret that we announce that Ravil Maganov, Chairman of the Board of PJSC LUKOIL, has passed away from a serious illness. It made a big contribution.”
Russia’s second-largest oil company made headlines in early March after speaking out against Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.
“The Lukoil Board of Directors hereby expresses its deep concern about the tragic events in Ukraine. We call for an early end to the armed conflict and express our heartfelt sympathy to all victims affected by this tragedy. Board meeting to shareholders, staff and customers announced on March 3.
“We strongly support a permanent ceasefire and resolution of the issue through serious negotiations and diplomacy,” the statement added.
Lukoil produces over 2% of the world’s crude oil and employs over 100,000 people.
RIA Novosti cited law enforcement sources who said the businessman “most likely committed suicide”.
“Yes, I can confirm the facts [of death]Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the incident on the spot, according to the RIA.
At least five prominent Russian businessmen have reportedly died by suicide since late January, according to an earlier CNN report.