2 Wealthy Russian Oil Execs Die Within 24 Hours
Spanish police are puzzled over the deaths of Sergey Protosenya, a multi-millionaire Russian gas company executive found hanging at his luxury villa on the Costa Brava, Spain, and his wife and daughter, who died from multiple hack wounds on April 19, 2022, James Badcock reported for UK’s The Telegraph.
Photo Insert: Sergey Protosenya, who was 56, had been the deputy chairman of Novatek, a Russian natural gas producer, since 2015.
The Mossos Catalan police said the prime hypothesis is that Protosenya killed his wife, Natalya, and their 18-year-old daughter Maria with an axe and knife as they lay in their beds before hanging himself from railings outside the villa.
No suicide note was found. Investigators have found elements in the crime scene that do not match up with a domestic violence scenario, according to El Punt Avui newspaper.
Protosenya's clothes did not show bloodstains and the killer of the women used socks as gloves, possibly to avoid leaving fingerprints on the weapons, the UK’s Mirror and Moscow Times also reported.
Protosenya, who was 56, had been the deputy chairman of Novatek, a Russian natural gas producer, since 2015. He had a fortune of $440 million a decade ago, according to Russian media.
The three bodies were found in the villa in the Catalan resort town of Lloret de Mar on Tuesday, just a day after the bodies of Vladislav Avayev, a former Gazprombank executive, his wife and 13-year-old daughter were found from bullet wounds in their Moscow flat, Moscow Times reported.
Russian police said Avayev had shot his family before turning the gun on himself, but probers said they would investigate any potential links to his work and personal life.r
Avayev, who was 51, had served until recently as the vice president at Gazprombank, a bank formed to serve the gas giant Gazprom, and he had formerly been an official in the Kremlin under the presidency of Vladimir Putin, the UK’s Mirror also reported.