Spanish officials are investigating the mysterious deaths of a Russian gas executive, who was found hanged outside his Spanish villa, and his wife and daughter who were both discovered hacked to death inside the property.
Investigators are said to be working on the assumption that Sergey Protosenya, 55, killed the two women with an axe and knife, before taking his own life in the courtyard of his Lloret de Mar villa on Spain‘s Costa Brava.
However, local reports said evidence does not conclusively point towards this explanation, as no suicide note was found in the property and it appeared steps had been taken to ensure there were no fingerprints on the murder weapons.
The investigation remains open, officials have said.
The bodies of the trio were found on Tuesday, just one day after another Russian multimillionaire was found dead with his wife and daughter in their Moscow apartment, in another apparent murder suicide involving a gun.
Alongside the body of multimillionaire Vladislav Avayev, 51, was his wife Yelena, 47, and younger daughter Maria, 13. The bodies – all with gunshot wounds – were found by the couple’s distraught adult daughter Anastasia on Monday.
In both cases, the men had connections to Russian gas companies – many of which have faced western sanctions since Vladimir Putin launched his invasion of Ukraine.
Protosenya, who had a fortune of over £330 million, was Deputy Chairman on the Board of Directors for natural gas company Novatek for seven years.
Avayev was previously a vice president at Gazprombank – a bank that was created to work for Russian gas giant Gazprom – and had also been a Kremlin official.