The former head of a Kremlin-linked engineering institute died Wednesday in an apparent accident, according to CNN – adding to the long list of Russian CEOs and civil servants who met a mysterious end this year.
Russian media Izvestia reported that Anatoly Gerashchenko “fell from a great height” down numerous stairs inside the headquarters of the Moscow Aviation Institute, according to The Daily Beast. The institute’s press office described his death as “the result of an accident”.
Gerashchenko, who led the organization from 2007 to 2015, was an adviser to the institute’s current rector when he died, according to state-controlled media RIA Novosti. He spent 45 years rising through the ranks there and was honored with government honours, such as the Medal of Merit to Fatherland.
While the Moscow Aviation Institute may look like a flight school, the university conducts research in areas with potential military applications, from avionics and aerospace to drones and artificial intelligence. , according to Insider. He has ties to the country’s Ministry of Defense.
The institute called Gerashchenko’s death a “colossal loss” and said it would establish an internal commission to investigate. That panel would include members from several government agencies and the university itself, he said.
Gerashchenko is the latest in a string of top Russians to die this year in unexpected circumstances.
Ravil Maganov, who chaired Russia’s second-largest oil company, Lukoil, reportedly jumped from the sixth floor of a hospital earlier this month. Billionaire Alexander Subbotin, former director of Lukoil, was found dead in May of an apparent heart attack at a shaman’s home, according to Newsweek.
Meanwhile, local news reported that Leonid Shulman – an executive at the country’s third largest bank, Gazprombank – hanged himself in his cottage in January, according to Reuters. The following month, former Gazprombank executive Alexander Tyulyakov was also found hanged, according to the New York Post.
Vladislav Avayev, a former vice president of the bank, was found shot dead in April alongside the bodies of his wife and daughter. The next day, Sergei Protosenya, former director of Russia’s second-largest gas producer Novatek, was found hanged in a Spanish villa.
So far, authorities have not said any foul play caused the men’s deaths.
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