Russian sausage tycoon Pavel Andov was found dead after falling from a hotel window in India two days after a friend died during the same trip.
Both had visited the eastern state of Odisha, and the billionaire politician celebrated his birthday at the hotel.
Andov, 65, was a well-known figure in the city of Vladimir, east of Moscow.
In the middle of the year, he denied it after a message appeared on WhatsApp saying he was not critical of Russia’s war in Ukraine.
Death of a Billionaire The latest in a string of unexplained deaths Ukraine has included Russian presidents since the start of the invasion, many of whom have been outspoken critics of the war.
A friend of the president, Vladimir Budanov, died in the same hotel on Friday.
Odisha Superintendent of Police Vivekananda Sharma said that it was found Budanov suffered a stroke. Meanwhile, his friend “became depressed after his death, and died.”
Alexey Matakin, the Russian diplomat in Calcutta, told the TASS news agency: The police did not find a criminal element in these tragic events.
Tour guide Jitendra Singh told reporters that Budanov “probably drank a lot because he had bottles of wine with him.”
Businessman and legislator
Andov founded the Vladimir Standard meat processing plant in the 2000s, and in 2019 Forbes estimated his wealth at around $140 million.
He played an important role in the Vladimir Legislative Assembly, where he headed the Committee on Land Policy and Ecology. Vyacheslav Kartukhin, deputy speaker of the assembly, said he had died under “sad circumstances”.
In late June, Kiev appeared to be reacting to a Russian missile attack on a residential building that killed a man and wounded his seven-year-old daughter and her mother.
A WhatsApp message described how the family was pulled from the rubble, with Antow saying: “It’s very difficult to call all this terrorism.”
The message was deleted, and Antov later posted on social media that he was a supporter of his country’s “patriot,” President Putin, and supported the war.
The WhatsApp message came from someone with whom he strongly disagreed about “special military action in Ukraine,” he insisted. It was accidentally posted as his message, which he said was a very sad misunderstanding.
In September, Ravil Maganov, head of the Russian oil company Lukoil, fell to his death from a window in a Moscow hospital.
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