The bodies of two Russian women – a 53-year-old mother and an 18-year-old daughter – were stabbed in their bed at the home of Loret de Mar, a popular tourist town in northern Barcelona.
Courtesy | Police also found a bloody knife and ax in the house, according to the Spanish state news agency.
Police in northeastern Spain say the killing of a Russian woman and her daughter last week is a case of domestic violence and that the former husband of a former Russian gas executive is a suspect.
A spokesman for the Grona Regional Police said investigators had ruled that the killings were not linked to any activity by a criminal gang or to a similar case in Moscow this week.
The bodies of two Russian women – a 53-year-old mother and an 18-year-old daughter – were stabbed in their bed at the home of Loret de Mar, a popular tourist town in northern Barcelona. Her husband, 55-year-old Sergei Protocenya, was found hanging in the yard.
Police also found a bloody knife and ax in the house, the Spanish state news agency reported.
Protocenya, who has been described by the Spanish media as the richest man in the world, is a former chief executive of Novodek, one of Russia’s leading natural gas producers.
On April 18, the Russian state news agency Tass reported that Vladislav Avayev, former vice president of Gazprombank, and his wife and daughter had died in a Moscow apartment. An anonymous source was quoted as saying that Avaev had told Toss that he had shot his wife and daughter and that he was believed to have killed himself.
“A wonderful family man”
Novatech, for its part, issued a statement expressing its condolences to “everyone affected by this tragic situation”.
The report cites Protocenia as a former member of the company’s board of directors and described him as “an exceptional person and wonderful family man” who helped grow the company.
“Unfortunately, there are speculations in the media about this matter, but we firmly believe that this speculation has nothing to do with reality. We hope that the Spanish police will conduct a thorough and impartial investigation to determine what happened,” Novatek said.
A Spanish police spokesman said the media did not have the authority to give his name, and that police had gone to Lloret de Mar’s home after the family’s son in France was worried he could not contact their relatives.
The family owned a house in Lloret de Mar and stayed there frequently, but it was not immediately clear if they too lived elsewhere.
Equality Minister Irene Montero has condemned the killings. Authorities say domestic violence in Spain has killed 12 women so far this year and 1,138 since 2003.
Girona police said a police report on the case is expected to be completed soon and handed over to a court in nearby Plains.
According to the Fortune report, the deaths of Avaev and Protocenya and their families come after the mysterious deaths of Russian oligarchs Leonid Schulman and Alexander Dulyakov earlier this year.
Shulman, head of Gazprom’s transport service, was reportedly found with stab wounds to his wrist, while Tyulyakov was found hanging in a shop near St. Petersburg.
A man kills his wife and daughter in Girona. The # Gender Violence And this # Mutant violence They leave us with two horrific murders. Two lives were taken away by the structural problem we had to eradicate: Machismo. We will educate in feminism and advance in equality.
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– Pedro Sánchez (ansanchezcastejon) April 20, 2022
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