Alexander Subbotin is at least the seventh Russian oligarch to die this year in mysterious circumstances.
According to Russian news agency TASS, Subbotin, the billionaire former top manager of Russian oil producer Lukoil, was found dead on Sunday in a shaman’s home in Mytishchi, a city just northeast of Moscow.
In April, two oligarchs were discovered dead within 24 hours of each other, and several others died in unusual circumstances in recent months.
Bill Browder, a financier who was once Russia’s largest foreign portfolio investor, previously told Newsweek that “anytime you see a wealthy Russian dying in suspicious circumstances,” people should assume the worst.
“There has been enough empirical evidence of assassinations organized by the Kremlin or business rivals in Russia to make it likely that these were murders and not suicides or other explanations bandied about by the Russian authorities,” he added.
A day before his death, Subbotin allegedly went to a shaman’s home “in a state of severe alcohol and drug intoxication,” according to a source.
According to some local news outlets, Subbotin went in search of a hangover cure allegedly involving toad poison, but these claims have not been proven.
According to TASS, Russian authorities have launched a criminal investigation into his death after his body was discovered in a basement room used for “Jamaican voodoo rituals.”
His wife and daughter were found stabbed to death in their beds. Authorities in Spain were looking into whether Protosenya killed his family and then himself, or if the crime scene was staged to look like a murder-suicide.
The bodies of Vladislav Avaev, a former Kremlin official and former Gazprombank vice president, and his wife and 13-year-old daughter were discovered in his luxury Moscow apartment the day before.
Vasily Melnikov, a billionaire who worked for the medical firm MedStorm, was found dead in his luxury apartment in Nizhny Novgorod in March.
According to Russian newspapers, Melnikov, his wife, and two sons all died from stab wounds, and investigators concluded that he murdered his family before killing himself.
Mikhail Watford, a Ukrainian-born oligarch, was discovered dead in his home in Surrey, England, on February 28.
A gardener discovered him hanged in his garage, according to reports, and local police said the circumstances were not suspicious.
Alexander Tyulyakov, a Gazprom employee, was discovered dead in a cottage near St. Petersburg on February 25.
According to reports, Leonid Shulman, Gazprom’s top executive, was discovered dead in the bathroom of a cottage in the Leningrad region, near a note that led police to believe he committed suicide.