Lukoil chairman Ravil Maganov, who criticised Ukraine war, falls to his death


The chairman of Russian energy giant Lukoil has died after falling from a hospital window in Moscow, months after his company criticised Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Ravil Maganov, 67, was found dead after allegedly falling from a ward on the 6th floor of the Central Clinical Hospital, where he was being treated, according to Russian news agency Interfax.

Local media also reported that law enforcement was on the scene and working to establish the cause of the incident.

Lukoil, which is Russia’s second-largest oil producer, was one of the few companies in the country to come out in opposition to the war in Ukraine.

In a statement in March it said: “Calling for the soonest termination of the armed conflict, we express our sincere empathy for all victims, who are affected by this tragedy.

“We strongly support a lasting ceasefire and a settlement of problems through serious negotiations and diplomacy.”

Mr Maganov had worked at Lukoil since 1993, shortly after the company’s inception, and had overseen its refining, production and exploration, becoming chairman in 2020. His brother Nail is the head of mid-sized Russian oil producer Tatneft.

Ravil Maganov was a close associate of one of Lukoil’s founders, Vagit Alekperov.

Mr Alekperov, a former Soviet deputy oil minister, resigned as president of Lukoil in April, a week after the UK imposed an asset freeze and travel ban on him as part of sanctions in response to the war.

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