Another suspicious death in Russia: Anatoly Gerashchenko, the former head of the Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI), died Tuesday after a mysterious fall down the stairs inside the institute’s headquarters. In a press release released by the organization, the 73-year-old’s death is described as “the result of an accident.” The text also adds that his premature death was a “colossal loss for the MAI and for the scientific and pedagogical community”.
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Anatoly Gerashchenko, death after “falling from a great height”
The Russian news agency Izvestia, quoting an anonymous source, reported that Gerashchenko “fell from a great height” and fell down several flights of stairs. A fall that would have been fatal to him. Meanwhile, the Moscow Aviation Institute has commissioned a commission to investigate the case. Gerashchenko, who after holding top positions at the institute became advisor to the current head of the MAI, had close ties to the Russian defense ministry. He had been at the helm of the Moscow Aviation Institute from 2007 to 2015. During his career he has received numerous government awards, including the “Merit to the Fatherland” medal. His is the latest in a long series of mysterious deaths of subjects once close to the Russian government and President Putin.
The other mysterious deaths
But let’s go back to January. On the 29th of the month Leonid Shulman, 60, head of the transport service of Gazprom Invest, is found dead in the bathroom of his villa. The day following the start of the war in Ukraine, on February 25, Alexander Tyulyako, 61, a senior manager of Gazprom, is hanged in the garage of his cottage. Three days later it’s Michael Watford, 66, of Ukrainian origin: the body is in a garage in his Surrey home. The fourth name is that of Vasily Melnikov: on March 23, his lifeless body is next to that of his wife and two children. Vladislav Avaev dies on April 18. He would take his own life after killing his wife and daughter. On 21 April, Sergeij Protosenya, 55, Novatek’s top manager, dies in a villa in Lloret de Mar. He is also killed along with his wife and daughter. Then it’s up to Andrei Krukowski, 37, director of the Gazprom ski resort in Krasnaya Polyana: he would have fallen off a rock in Sochi. Alexander Subbotin died on May 7, during a shamanic treatment to which he often underwent. The ninth name is that of Yevgeny Palant: his naked corpse is found next to that of his wife and twenty-year-old daughter. The tenth is that of Yuriy Voronov, owner of Astra-shipping. The lifeless body was in the swimming pool of his villa: according to investigators he committed suicide after a dispute with some partners. On August 14, it is the turn of Dan Rapoport, a critic of Putin, who has fallen from a building in Washington.