Two Russian oligarchs were found dead along with their wives and children one day apart on two sides of Europe. One in Moscow and the other in Spain. Vladislav Avayev, a former vice president of Gazprombank, was found dead from a gunshot wound to his apartment in Moscow on Monday, Russia's state news agency Tass reported.
Novatek who was arrested in the United States last week on tax charges said he is innocent and will "vigorously" fight the case. "On Thursday I was indicted for baseless tax charges that I already settled through a voluntary program, and pleaded not guilty.
I will vigorously fight these charges and will continue to discuss gas topics as normal," Mark Gyetvay, the deputy chairman of Novatek’s management board, said in a tweet on September 26.
Spanish police are said to be looking into two possible scenarios -- that Sergei Protosenya killed his wife and daughter and then hanged himself, or that someone killed the entire family and then staged the crime scene.https://t.co/6qVbxIcouH — Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (@RFERL) April 21, 2022
The Moscow Investigation Department did not name the victims in a statement on the case, but Tass stated that an unnamed source confirmed their identity.
Avayev killed his wife and daughter, and then himself.
Investigators wrote in a statement that they preferred the theory that Avayev killed his wife and daughter, and then himself. On the other side of Europe, in Spain, another oligarch Sergei Protosenya was found hanged, and his wife and daughter were stabbed to death, Spanish television Telecinco reported.
His body was found Tuesday. He was found with a bloody knife and an ax next to him. Protosenya is a former vice president and chief accountant of Novatek, a large gas company that has worked closely with Gazprombank. The 55-year-old millionaire was found hanged, while his wife and daughter had been stabbed to death in a villa in the town of Lloret de Mar near Barcelona on April 19, police were quoted as saying.
He, his wife, and his daughter stayed in a rented luxury villa in Lloret de Mar, a coastal Catalan town, during Easter. His fortune is estimated at 400 million euros, and his family mostly lived in France. Catalan police have confirmed that they are investigating three deaths, without naming the victims.