Since late January, at least five top Russian businessmen have died of apparent suicide, three of whom also allegedly killed family members. Another businessman’s death is still being investigated.
Four of the businessmen worked for Gazprom, the Russian state-owned energy company, or one of its subsidiaries, CNN reported.
The first apparent suicide was Leonid Shulman, a top executive at Gazprom, who was found dead in his home outside Leningrad on January 30. Russian state media outlet RIA Novosti reported that a suicide note was found near the body.
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On February 25, Alexander Tyulakov, another Gazprom executive, was found dead in the same village as Shulman, also by apparent suicide, according to independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta.
Then, on February 28, Ukrainian-born Russian billionaire Mikhail Watford was found dead in