Odisha police ordered its crime department to take over the investigation into the “unnatural demise of two Russian nationals” in Rayagada, the police division tweeted Tuesday.
Police Superintendent Vivekananda Sharma mentioned Bidenov had suffered a stroke, whereas Antov “was depressed after [Bidenov’s] demise and he too died,” the BBC reported. Police advised Indian media that Antov’s demise seemed to be a suicide.
The Russian Embassy in Delhi confirmed the deaths to Russian media. “The Consulate Normal of Russia in Kolkata is following the case in contact with native authorities,” Russian information outlet RT India quoted the embassy as saying. “In keeping with data accessible to the police, no legal facet is seen.”
Antov established the Vladimir Commonplace meat processing plant and amassed a fortune — estimated at about $140 million in 2019 — that landed him on Forbes’s list of Russia’s richest lawmakers and civil servants.
He additionally served within the legislative meeting of the Vladimir area, neighboring Moscow, the place he was a member of Putin’s United Russia get together and chaired the committee on agrarian coverage, nature administration and ecology.
In June, Antov appeared to criticize a Russian missile assault on a residential block of Kyiv that killed a person and injured his 7-year-old daughter and her mom, in accordance with the BBC. A WhatsApp message posted to Antov’s account mentioned of the incident: “It’s extraordinarily tough to name all this something however terror.”
The message was deleted and Antov posted on social media that he supported Putin and his invasion. He chalked the earlier post up to “a particularly unlucky misunderstanding” by which he had by chance posted a message from an individual with whom he disagreed.
His colleagues within the legislature shared messages of condolences after information of his demise was introduced. Vyacheslav Kartukhin, the vice speaker, wrote on Telegram that he expressed his condolences to Antov’s household and associates on behalf of the United Russia bloc, after Antov died “because of tragic circumstances.”
“We valued him for each his professionalism and his private qualities — he was delicate, clever, he was respectful to all. An erudite man with a broad outlook, he received over all people. For the legislative meeting, for the entire of Vladimir area, the passing of Pavel Genrikhovich Anton is a tough and irreparable loss,” meeting speaker Vladimir Kiselyov mentioned in an announcement, according to Russian news agency Tass.
Antov celebrated his sixty fifth birthday in India on Dec. 22, Tass reported.
His demise is the most recent incident this yr involving Russian tycoons and high-profile oil and gasoline executives. It follows a sequence of murky and unexplained deaths because the starting of Russia’s battle in Ukraine.
In September, the chairman of Russian oil firm Lukoil, 67-year-old Ravil Maganov, died after reportedly falling from a window of a Moscow hospital, the place he was present process remedy after struggling a cardiac arrest. On the time, conflicting reviews had been revealed in Russian media and it was not clear whether or not Maganov’s demise was the results of suicide, an accident or one thing extra sinister.
Within the first weeks of the invasion, Lukoil made headlines as the one Russian oil producer that known as for an finish to the battle in Ukraine. In a statement issued simply days after the Feb. 24 invasion, Lukoil “expressed concern over the continued tragic occasions in Ukraine” and known as for “the fast cessation of the armed battle.”
In April, the physique of Sergey Protosenya, a former high supervisor of gasoline large Novatek, was discovered at a Spanish villa alongside these of his spouse and their 18-year-old daughter. Spanish information outlet Telecinco reported that police discovered the mom and the daughter in separate rooms with stab wounds. Protosenya was discovered within the yard, the place he had reportedly hanged himself.
The identical month, former vice chairman of Gazprombank, Vladislav Avayev, was equally discovered useless in his Moscow house alongside his spouse and daughter.
Mary Ilyushina contributed to this report.