Russian energy company Lukoil said Thursday that its chairman Rabir Maganov died after a “serious illness” after Russian media reported he died after falling from a hospital window.
Lukoil was one of the few major Russian companies to demand an end to the fighting in Ukraine after Moscow sent troops to the pro-Western nation in February.
In a statement at the time, the Lukoil Council called for an “immediate” end to the fighting and expressed sympathy for those affected by the “tragedy”.
“It is with deep regret that I announce that Rabil Maganov passed away from a serious illness.”
Some Russian media had previously reported that Maganov had died after falling from a window of the Central Clinical Hospital in Moscow.
It is often called the Kremlin hospital because it counts among its patients the political and business elite of Russia.
“This morning Maganov fell from a window at the Central Clinical Hospital. He died from his injuries,” Interfax news agency reported, citing an “informed” source.
According to RBC Business Daily police sources, Maganov fell from a window on the sixth floor of the hospital.
Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, told reporters on Thursday that Maganov’s death was not a Kremlin issue.
Maganov was born in 1954. He has been with Lukoil since 1993, where he also served as president.
He was one of Lukoil’s original leaders and came up with its current name, according to the company.
Maganov was appointed chairman in 2020.
In a statement on Thursday, Lukoil said Maganov had made “significant contributions” to the company and the Russian oil and gas sector.
He attributed Maganov’s “managerial talent” to making Lukoil one of the world’s leading energy companies.
In April, Lukoil announced that billionaire CEO Vagit Alekperov would resign after being hit by British sanctions over the Ukrainian offensive.