ONE of Vladimir Putin’s cronies has died after mysteriously “falling overboard” from a boat.
It is the seventh suspected death in the Kremlin’s inner circle in just a few months.
Ivan Pechorin – Putin’s liaison for developing Russia’s vast Arctic resources – fell off the side of a boat in waters near Russky Island, reports Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda.
His body was found after more than a day of searching.
The 39-year-old recently attended a major conference of Kremlin warmongers in Vladivostok.
It comes just weeks after Ravil Maganov – chairman of Russian oil giant Lukoil, a firm which openly criticized Putin’s invasion of Ukraine – reportedly died after falling from a hospital window.
High-flyer Pechorin was executive director of Putin’s Far East and Arctic Development Corporation.
The company issued a statement on his “tragic death” and gave few details.
It said: “Ivan’s death is an irreparable loss to friends and colleagues, a great loss to the company.
“We offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends.”
Developing the Arctic — a rich source of oil and gas for Russia — is seen as essential given the sanctions and unprecedented economic woes Putin’s economy is facing over his war in Ukraine.
Pechorin was also responsible for the aviation industry in Russia’s far east, a sector under pressure from Western economic restrictions.
He recently addressed the Putin-led Eastern Economic Forum in a session on countering sanctions titled “Everyone Has Their Own Route: The Logistics of a Changing World.”
Pechorin is the latest in a series of unexplained deaths among Russian rulers just before and during the war.
In February, the group’s CEO, Igor Nosov, 43, died suddenly of a “stroke”.
There was also an Arctic linked to the death of Yevgeny Sinichev, 55, Emergencies Minister and former Putin bodyguard.
A year ago he died in a mysterious fall from a waterfall in the Russian Arctic.
He was groomed by Putin as his possible successor, some experts say, and there have been allegations from a friend that he was assassinated.
Putin appeared distraught at his funeral.
Meanwhile, a report said the chairman of Lukoil – Russia’s second-largest oil company – was “beaten” before being “thrown out the window,” but this has not been officially confirmed.
Very soon after the discovery of Maganov’s body, Putin arrived at the elite Central Clinical Hospital to pay his last respects to the last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, who had died in the hospital.
In July, Yuri Voronov, 61, head of a transport and logistics company for a Gazprom-affiliated company, was found dead in his swimming pool with a leading friend, a top criminologist who warned of unfair play.
Two more deaths of Gazprom-affiliated executives were reported in elite apartments near St. Petersburg, amid suspicions that apparent suicides may have been homicides.
Alexander Tyulakov, 61, a senior finance and security official at Gazprom at the level of Deputy Director General, was spotted by his lover the day after the war in Ukraine began in February.
His neck was in a noose at his £500,000 home.
However, he was reportedly severely beaten just before he “took his own life,” leading to speculation he was under intense pressure.
MURDERERS IN THE KREMLIN
At the same elite Leninsky housing estate in the Leningrad region, three weeks earlier, Leonid Shulman, 60, head of transport at Gazprom Invest, was found dead with multiple stab wounds in a pool of blood on his bathroom floor.
43-year-old billionaire Alexander Subbotin, also linked to pro-Kremlin energy giant Lukoil, where he was a top executive, was found dead in May after “taking the advice of shamans”.
One theory is that Subbotin – who also owned a shipping company – was poisoned by toad venom, triggering a heart attack.
In April, wealthy Vladislav Avayev, 51, a former Kremlin official, appeared to have committed suicide after killing his wife Yelena, 47, and daughter, 13.
He had high-level ties to Russia’s leading financial institution, Gazprombank.
Friends have denied reports he was jealous after his wife admitted she was pregnant from her driver.
There are claims that he had access to the financial secrets of the Kremlin elite.
A few days later, 55-year-old multi-millionaire Sergey Protosenya was found hanged in Spain.
He was a former vice chairman of Novatek, a company also closely associated with the Kremlin.
His wife Natalia and daughter Maria had reportedly been hacked to death with an ax in their beds in Lloret de Mar, on Spain’s Costa Brava.
As with Avayev, it is suggested that this may have been an assassination attempt intended to appear as murder and suicide.
Last week, a cellphone multimillionaire and his wife were found stabbed to death in another case that raises questions.
The naked Yevgeny Palant (47) and his wife Olga (50), both born in Ukraine, were found with multiple stab wounds by their daughter Polina (20).
Immediately briefing the media claimed the woman took her own life in a jealous rage after Palant said he was leaving her.
However, this has been fiercely denied by the couple’s best friend.
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