The Indian authorities are investigating the mysterious death of Pavel Antov, a deputy of the Russian State Duma, a former associate of Vladimir Putin, nicknamed the "sausage king". 

The Wall Street Journal reports new details of the death of a Russian deputy from Putin's party and the founder of one of the largest Russian sausage companies.

Pavlo Antov fell from the roof of a hotel in India a few days after the death of his friend, who was also found dead in the same hotel in Rayagada.

Both traveled through the jungle and "drank a lot," the newspaper reported, citing its own sources in the investigation.

But their deaths added to the list of Putin-related leaders and military personnel who died mysteriously.

Antov was a member of the ruling United Russia party, the owner of a sausage company and the chairman of the committee on agriculture and ecology in the Russian city of Volodymyr.

In June, he shared a message criticizing the war in Ukraine on social networks, which he later deleted. 

A few months later, Antov and his friend Volodymyr Bidanov left for India to visit the jungles of the eastern state of Odisha. 

Indian investigators told the WSJ that the Russians abused alcohol heavily during the vacation.

"If they don't stop drinking, they will kill themselves," the publication quoted the driver Natabar Mohanty, who accompanied the Russian during the trip, as saying. 

Bidanov, who lived together with Antov, died of a heart attack during the celebration of the "sausage king's" birthday.

Two days after the death of his friend, a hotel employee saw Antov suddenly get up from the table and head to the roof of the hotel.

When the hotel staff went up to the roof, they saw Antov's lifeless body on the side of the three-story building.

Indian police are still investigating the deaths of the two Russians to determine whether Antov jumped, was pushed, fell accidentally and was still alive when he fell. 

The bodies of both men were cremated before their remains were sent back to Russia.

The publication calculated that at least

19 Russians

, oligarchs or government officials, have died since the beginning of the war in Ukraine. 

Pavlo Antov was the chairman of the agriculture committee of the parliament of the Volodymyr region of Russia and was one of the richest Russian deputies, according to the Russian publication Forbes, with an official annual income of almost 150 million euros.

He was the founder of the Volodymyrskyi Standart company for the production of meat products.

Previously, a Russian rich man, co-founder of the Don-Stroy company, which is one of the largest developers in Moscow, Dmytro Zelenov died in the resort town of Antibes on the French Riviera after falling down the stairs of his house.

We will remind you that the former top manager of the Russian oil giant Lukoil, billionaire Oleksandr Subotin, died in Mytishchy after an anti-hangover session with shamans. 

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