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Russian multi-millionaire Yuri Voronov shot dead in his swimming pool

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An investigation has been launched into Mr Voronov’s (right) death (Picture: Yury Voronov/e2w)

A multi-millionaire Russian businessman has been found shot dead at his mansion.

Yuri Voronov, 61, head of a logistics company that held lucrative contracts with Gazprom in the Arctic, was found dead at his home in an ultra-wealthy suburb of St Petersburg around 2pm Monday July 4.

He is the sixth wealthy businessman with links to the Russian state-owned gas company Gazprom to have been found dead in unnatural circumstances since the start of the year.

Yuri Voronov, 61, was head of a logistics company that held lucrative contracts with Gazprom in the Arctic.

His body was discovered floating in the swimming pool of his mansion in an elite village close to St Petersburg on Monday.

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He had suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

A pistol is said to have been found nearby, with ‘several spent cartridges’ allegedly located at the bottom of the pool.

The Russian Investigative Committee is investigating his death which is believed to be linked to ‘a quarrel with partners’.

His wife has reportedly told investigators that Voronov had believed he was being swindled by contractors and partners who had ‘behaved dishonourably’ for several weeks.

The businessman is understood to have feared he had ‘lost a lot of money’. No visitors to his home in the Leningrad region were spotted by security cameras.

Mr Voronov’s death follows reports of a number of other deaths at mansions in the elite suburb of St Petersburg fuelling rumours murders are being staged to look like suicides.

Alexander Tyulakov, 61, a senior Gazprom financial and security official at deputy general director level, was found dead in his mansion the day after Russia invaded Ukraine in February.

His body was discovered in his £500,000 mansion in an apparent suicide but reports suggest he had been badly beaten shortly before he ‘took his own life’.

Three weeks earlier, in the same gated community, Leonid Shulman, 60, head of transport at Gazprom Invest, was found stabbed to death his bathroom floor.

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