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Top Russian aviation expert dies after ‘fall’ down stairs – National

The former president of Russia’s aeronautical research university died Wednesday, Russian media reported after a prominent educator fell down a number of stairs on the institute’s grounds.

The Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI) announced the death of Anatoly Gerashchenko, 72, in a press release, characterizing his death as “the result of an accident.”

The Russian newspaper Izvestia, citing an anonymous source, reported that Gerashchenko “falled from a great height and jumped down several steps.”

According to reports, medical personnel pronounced Gerashchenko dead at the scene.

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According to the university, Gerashchenko worked at the MAI for 45 years and served as its president for eight years before retiring in 2015. Izvestia and state news agency RIA Novosti reported that Gerashchenko had served as an adviser to the current rector. when he died

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The institute called Gerashchenko’s death a “colossal loss” not only for the university, but also for the “scientific and educational community”.

Gerashchenko had many state accolades for his work, including the Medal of Merit First Class and the Medal of Honor for the Motherland. During his career, he has published over 100 scientific papers and helped MAI achieve national research university status in 2009 while he was president.

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In 2010, MAI was ranked #1 among universities whose graduates are “most sought after by defense industry companies and organizations”.

The university announced that a commission had been set up to investigate Gerashchenko’s death, comprising representatives from the MAI, the Russian Ministry of Education and Science, and the State Labor Inspectorate in Moscow.

Gerashchenko’s untimely death follows a long line of prominent Russians who died under mysterious circumstances this year.

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Most recently, Vladimir Nikolaevich Sungokin, 68, editor-in-chief of the main state-run newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, died last Wednesday after what appeared to be a stroke last Wednesday, according to initial medical examinations. He died suddenly.

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The Kremlin called his death “a great loss for Russian journalism.”

Sungorkin’s death came just four days after another Russian elite, energy executive Ivan Pechorin, died after falling overboard from a speedboat on September 10.


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The two deaths were preceded by the mysterious deaths of many other Russian oligarchs this year.

  • Rabil Maganov, chairman of the board of Lukoil, Russia’s largest private oil company, has died after falling from a window on the sixth floor of a hospital. Lukoil was one of the few Russian companies to demand an end to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.
  • Lukoil’s former top manager, Alexander Subbotin, was found dead in the basement of the Sherman’s home after receiving treatment for a hangover containing toad poison.
  • Sergei Protsenya, a former executive at Novatek, Russia’s largest independent natural gas producer, was found hanged outside his Spanish villa, along with the bodies of his wife and 18-year-old daughter. The death looked like a murder-suicide.
  • Vladislav Avayev, former vice president of Gazprom Bank, Russia’s third largest bank, was found dead in his Moscow apartment along with the bodies of his wife and 13-year-old daughter. The death also looked like a murder-suicide. Avayev and his family were found one day before Protosenya and his family died.
  • Vasily Melnikov, owner of Medstom, a company that imports medical equipment into Russia, and his entire family were found dead in a luxury apartment in Nizhny Novgorod. Melnikov, his wife, and their 10-year-old and his 4-year-old sons were stabbed to death, and the murder weapon was found at the crime scene. Investigators again concluded that the death was the result of a murder-suicide.
  • Mikhail Watford, a Ukrainian-born oligarch who earned millions as an oil and gas tycoon, was found hanged in his garage in Surrey, England. Watford changed his last name from Tolstosheja after moving to the UK in the early 2000s.
  • Alexander Chulyakov, deputy head of finance at Gazprom, the world’s largest publicly traded natural gas company, was found hanged in the garage of his cottage. A note was found with his body leading investigators to conclude that Chulyakov died by suicide.
  • Gazprom chief executive Leonid Shulman was found dead in the bathroom of his cottage next to what he believed to be a suicide note, in the same area where Chulyakov would die a month later.

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Top Russian aviation expert dies after ‘fall’ down stairs – National

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