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Seven chilling clues that suggest FIVE Russian oligarchs have been MURDERED while Putin purged the billionaire inner circle

At least five Russian oligarchs close to Vladimir Putin may have been assassinated as the president purged his inner circle of formerly wealthy allies.

Since the beginning of the year, four gas industry bosses linked to the tyrant and a senior medic have died under mysterious circumstances.

There are fears that Vladimir Putin is purging his inner circle

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There are fears that Vladimir Putin is purging his inner circlePhoto credit: AFP
Russian gas magnate Sergei Protosenya, his wife Natalya, 53, and their teenage daughter Maria have been found dead at their Spanish villa

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Russian gas magnate Sergei Protosenya, his wife Natalya, 53, and their teenage daughter Maria have been found dead at their Spanish villaPhoto credit: East2West

However, sources believe they may actually have been murdered, as it is claimed that there were similarities in their deaths.

February 25 – the day after Putin ordered his troops into Ukraine – the body of Alexander Tyulakov, a senior finance and security official at Gazprom at the level of Deputy Director General – was found dead by his lover.

The 61-year-old’s neck was in a noose at his £500,000 home.

Just three weeks earlier, Leonid Shulman, head of transport at Gazprom Invest, was found dead in the same elite housing complex in Leningrad region.

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The 60-year-old was discovered with multiple stab wounds in a pool of blood on his bathroom floor.

Wealthy Vladislav Avayev, 51, a former vice president of Gazprombank and a former Kremlin official, was found shot dead in his elite penthouse in Moscow.

And days later, Sergey Protosenya, 55, was found hanged in Spain.

Protosenya was a former deputy chairman of Novotek, a company closely associated with the Kremlin.

Here are seven clues that suggest the five were murdered over fears that Putin is purging his inner circle as his invasion of Ukraine continues to falter.

“Similarities” in DEATHS

At least four of the suspected suicides have all was classified as “suspicious” by Russian sources – including a former FSB colonel on the Telegram news channel.

Gennady Gudkov wrote about Mozhem Obyasnit – which means we can explain – and claimed that there are similarities in the demise of top managers and their families from leading gas companies.

He claimed: “Don’t let the ‘rats’ escape, they might talk.

“If we already understand that the regime is involved in eliminating its opponents and enemies, then why will they not deal with those considered traitors who fled the system?

“Many cases of [suspicious deaths] are like paying bills.”

Former Kremlin official and Vice President of Gazprombank Vladislav Awayev was found dead by his daughter

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Former Kremlin official and Vice President of Gazprombank Vladislav Awayev was found dead by his daughterPhoto credit: East2West

FAMILIES FOUND DEAD

In the two most recent macabre incidents, the families of the two oligarchs were killed – raising suspicions that the “suicides” were staged.

Vladislav Avayev, 51, was found shot dead at their home in Moscow along with his wife Yelena, 47, and their 13-year-old daughter Maria.

The bodies were discovered by Awayecv’s eldest daughter Anastasia, 26, along with a total of 13 different weapons.

A law enforcement source said a gun was found in Avayev’s hand.

Kremlin analyst Olga Lautman said that Avayev had previously worked in Putin’s presidential administration, as well as in parliament or the Duma.

Meanwhile, in a chilling echo of Avayev’s death, Russian tycoon Sergey Protosenya, 55, his wife Natalya, 53, and his 18-year-old daughter Maria have been found dead at their luxury Spanish villa.

Protosenya, who was worth over £333million, didn’t leave a suicide note before he allegedly hanged himself in the courtyard.

Natalia and Maria had reportedly been hacked to death with an ax in their beds in Lloret de Mar, on Spain’s Costa Brava.

Police found the gruesome scene after the couple’s teenage son, who was in France at the time, raised concerns.

Alleged inconsistencies at the scene and the accidental deaths of two gas oligarchs and their families within days have raised suspicions.

Alexander Tyulyakov, a top Gazprom executive, was found dead by a lover the day after the war broke out

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Alexander Tyulyakov, a top Gazprom executive, was found dead by a lover the day after the war broke outPhoto credit: East2West

OLIGARCH ‘HARD BEAT’ BEFORE DEATH.

The body of Gazprom Deputy Director General Alexander Tulakov was found just a day after Putin invaded Ukraine.

His hanging body was discovered by his lover at his £500,000 home in Leningrad.

However, he had reportedly been badly beaten before his death, spurring speculation as to how he died.

Gazprom's top executive Leonid Shulman, 60, was found dead in his mansion with multiple stab wounds

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Gazprom’s top executive Leonid Shulman, 60, was found dead in his mansion with multiple stab woundsPhoto credit: East2West

KNIFE ‘OUT OF RANGE’

On January 29, Leonid Shulman, head of transport at Gazprom Invest, was found dead in the same guarded housing estate in the Leningrad region.

He was discovered with multiple stab wounds in a pool of blood on his bathroom floor.

A note was found, the contents of which were not disclosed, and the Russian investigative committee reportedly refused to discuss the deaths.

A knife was reported to have been found in the bathtub, seemingly out of reach.

Many cases of [suspicious deaths] are like paying bills

Gennady GudkovFormer FSB chief

The five deaths were suspected as they occurred amid an ownership reshuffle in the Russian business.

The change was triggered by Western sanctions that have frozen many assets.

Between 2002 and 2014, Protosenya, an engineer and economist, was chief accountant and later vice president of Novatek, the largest independent natural gas producer in Russia.

He was reportedly worth $440 million.

Novatek is co-owned by close Putin friend Gennady Timchenko and the privileged giant was recently barred from the Kremlin leader’s decree to only trade energy in rubles.

The company is also closely associated with Pyotr Kolbin, a childhood friend of Putin and allegedly a “shadow keeper of Putin’s wealth”.

“So, under strange and similar circumstances, the families of managers of two important private companies that managed the money of Putin’s entourage died,” Mozhem Obyasnit explained.

Billionaire Vasily Melnikov was found dead along with his family last month

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Billionaire Vasily Melnikov was found dead along with his family last monthSource: Twitter/Nexta_tv

“FIGHT TO BELIEVE”

Last month, the bodies of Russian billionaire Vasily Melnikov, his wife and two sons were discovered in his luxury apartment in the city of Nizhny Novgorod, 400 kilometers east of Moscow.

According to the Russian newspaper Kommersant, all died from stab wounds.

The newspaper quoted police investigators as finding that Melnikov had killed his family before committing suicide.

However, neighbors and relatives have since come forward and said they had trouble believing Melnikov could have done anything so evil.

According to the Ukrainian publication Glavred, the businessman was an executive at the medical company MedStom, which had suffered badly from the economic sanctions imposed on Russia after the invasion of Ukraine.

Ukrainian-born Mikhail Watford was found dead at his Surrey mansion last month

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Ukrainian-born Mikhail Watford was found dead at his Surrey mansion last monthPhoto credit: pixel8000

Putin critic found dead

In early March, just a week after the war began, police were called to the posh home of a Ukrainian business tycoon in Surrey Mikhail Watford.

The 66-year-old was found hanged at his £18million home on the exclusive Wentworth Estate in Virginia Water.

A neighbor of Mikhail’s claimed he told her that Putin put him on a hit list.

She also said Mr Watford, known as Misha, was a pal of Russian billionaire Boris Berezovsky, who was found hanged at his home in Ascot, Berks, in 2013.

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Mr Watford told her Berezovsky had been assassinated by an intelligence agency.

The neighbor continued: “I can hardly believe that Mischa would have taken his own life. It doesn’t go together.”

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Bobby Allyn

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