A Russian businessman with ties to state energy giant Gazprom has died outside St. Petersburg in the latest in a series of mysterious deaths that would grip the country’s gas industry in 2022.
Yury Voronov, 61, headed the transport company Astra Shipping that worked about Gazprom’s Arctic projects, according to the company’s website.
Voronov’s body was reportedly found Monday afternoon with a gunshot wound to the head in the pool of an elite cottage in the affluent St. Petersburg suburb of Morskiye Terrasy, the city’s 47.ru news website said. reported on Tuesday.
Several shell casings are said to have been found at the bottom of the pool and a Grand Power pistol was found nearby.
Voronov’s widow told police that the businessman had previously lost money through conflicts with contractors and partners, 47.ru reported.
She said Voronov had been drinking heavily for two weeks before leaving town last Friday.
Voronov is believed to be at least the fourth Gazprom-affiliated executive and the sixth person with ties to the Russian gas industry to die under mysterious circumstances this year.
In January, the head of Gazprom Invest’s transport service, Leonid Shulman, was found dead in the bathroom of another elite cottage village 30 kilometers west of Morskiye Terrasy.
The deputy director of the united settlement center of Gazprom, Alexander Tyulakov, was found a month later in the same village of Leninskoye.
In April, former Gazprombank vice president Vladislav Avaev and former energy giant Novatek chief executive Sergei Protosenya both committed apparent consecutive murders and suicides in Moscow and Spain, respectively.
Other non-Gazprom-related deaths include Ukrainian-born Russian billionaire Mikhail Watford, who died in Surrey, England, in late February, and former Lukoil chief executive Alexander Subbotin who died outside Moscow in early May.