Moscow official dies in stair descent, joins long list of mysterious high-profile deaths

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The former head of a Kremlin-affiliated technical institute died Wednesday in an apparent accident, according to TSWT — adding to the long list of Russian CEOs and officials who have met a mysterious end this year.

Russian news channel Izvestia reported that Anatoly Gerashchenko “fell from a great height” down numerous stairs at the headquarters of the Moscow Aviation Institute, according to The Daily Beast. The institute’s press service described his death as “the result of an accident.”

While the Moscow Aviation Institute may sound like a flying school, the university conducts research in areas with potential military applications, from avionics and aerospace to drones and artificial intelligence, according to Insider. It has ties to the country’s defense ministry.

The institute called Gerashchenko’s death a “colossal loss” and said it would set up an internal commission of inquiry. That panel would include members from multiple government agencies and the university itself, it said.

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Anatoly Gerashchenko reportedly fell down several stairs.

Moscow Aviation Institute

Gerashchenko is the latest in a string of high-profile Russians to have died under unexpected circumstances this year.

Ravil Maganov, who chaired Russia’s second-largest oil company, Lukoil, reportedly jumped to his death from the sixth floor of a hospital earlier this month. Billionaire Alexander Subbotin, a former manager at Lukoil, was found dead in a shaman’s home in May, according to Newsweek.

Vladislav Avayev, the bank’s former vice president, was found shot to death next to the bodies of his wife and daughter in April. The next day, Sergei Protosenya – an ex-manager of Russia’s second largest gas producer, Novatek – was found hanged in a Spanish villa.

So far, authorities have not said that foul play caused the deaths of the men.

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