Anatoly Gerashchenko: Russian aviation expert is latest official to die in mysterious circumstances

Anatoly Gerashchenko “died in an accident” on September 21 and had served as rector of the institute from 2007 to 2015, according to MAI’s website.

He spent 45 years of his life with the organization, working his way up to the institute and was a “Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor [and] Adviser to the rector of MAI,” he added.

The institute’s website added that a committee is now being formed to investigate the incident, which will include representatives from the Ministry of Education and Science, the State Labor Inspectorate and the MAI.

Gerashchenko is at least the 10th influential Russian to die by suicide or in unexplained accidents since the end of January, with at least six of them linked to Russia’s two largest energy companies.

Four of those six were linked to Russian energy giant Gazprom or one of its subsidiaries, while the other two were linked to Lukoil, Russia’s largest private oil and gas company.

Earlier this year, the company took the unusual public stance of speaking out against Russia’s war in Ukraine, calling for sympathy for the victims, and for an end to the conflict.
Lukoil’s chairman Ravil Maganov died in early September after falling from a hospital window in Moscow, according to Russian state news agency TASS.

In mid-September, Russian businessman Ivan Pechorin, who is the top manager for the Corporation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic, was found dead in Vladivostok, according to Russian state media. Pechorin drowned on September 10 near Cape Ignatyev in Vladivostok, regional media reported.