Russian Lukoil Chief Dies After Falling From Hospital Window

Photo: AFP/Sputnik/Getty Images [via CNN]

The Facts

  • On Thurs., Russian outlets reported that Lukoil's chairman Ravil Maganov died from injuries after falling out of a window of the Central Clinical Hospital in Moscow.

  • The exact circumstances of his fall remain unclear as closed-circuit TV cameras had reportedly been turned off for repairs. Russian state news deemed the event a "suicide."

The Spin

Anti-Russia narrative

It's no coincidence that closed-circuit TVs were turned off exactly when Maganov fell from the hospital window. Like several other gas industry executives who have died since Putin launched his invasion of Ukraine, his death matches classic KGB tactics of staged suicides.

Pro-Russia narrative

Investigations are still underway, but suicide is mostly likely given Maganov was receiving medical treatment for severe health problems, which he had just reportedly been informed weren't getting any better. The West should avoid baseless claims aimed at smearing Russia before more is known.

Nerd narrative

There's a 92% chance that Vladimir Putin will still be the president of the Russian Federation by Feb. 2023, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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