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The Bodies of a top Russian banker and his family discovered in his Moscow apartmentshortly after the bank was sanctioned by Western countries.
Vladislav Avayev, 51, was found dead along with his wife Yelena, 47, and their daughter Maria, 13, at their home in the Russian capital..
Avayev was previously deputy chairman of Gazprombank, Russia’s third-largest bank and one of the main payment channels for Russian oil and gas.
The bank has been sanctioned by several Western countries in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The Russian state media agency TASS reported on Monday that the bodies of three people, including a girl, were discovered in an apartment building on Universitetsky Prospekt, a tree-lined street in southwest Moscow.
Police spokeswoman Yulia Ivanova told TASS that the bodies were discovered by Avayev’s eldest daughter, Anastasia, 26, after hearing that neither the family’s driver nor the nanny could communicate by phone.
The daughter discovered the bodies inside her luxury apartment, along with a total of 13 different weapons..
A police source said a gun was found in Avayev’s hand. and that they believe it was a murder-suicide case.
Officers alleged that Avayev’s wife and daughter were shot before him and that the gun was found in his hand.
It has not been reported how many shots were fired or the exact circumstances behind their deaths.
Unconfirmed rumors have circulated online that the family may have been experiencing a financial crisis.
Another source alleges that Azayev murdered his family after discovering that his wife was five months pregnant with someone else’s child, although this has not been proven.
A neighbor of the family, Kristina, said: “I heard three shots and screams. A woman was screaming.
“Then two more shots were fired. No one else was yelling. I looked out the window, I thought it was fireworks.”
“It turned out they weren’t, my mom told me they were definitely gunshots.”
Avayev had reportedly worked for Gazprombank for many years before deciding to leave suddenly for unknown reasons recently.
Kremlin analyst Olga Lautman said that Avayev previously worked in Putin’s presidential administration, as well as in parliament.
He was also a member of the board of directors of the Central Sports Club of the Russian financial and economic bodies.
Outside of his job, he was also CEO of RTK Company, a scientific research and development company, and founder of LLC Carbonics, a construction company.
It is not known how long he and his wife were together, but it is believed that they had two children.
“According to the preliminary version, Avayev killed his wife and daughter and committed suicide,” the legal agency source said, adding that a domestic conflict could be behind the murder.
Gazprombank is a privately owned Russian bank that ranks third in terms of assets in the country.
It was created to serve the financial needs of Gazprom, the natural gas giant that is one of the world’s largest exporters.
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