The vice president of Russia's largest state-owned bank, Sberbank, Nikolai Vasev, died suddenly. This was reported by the bank in a press release, according to which the 42-year-old banker died today of a heart attack, DPA reported.

Before his death, Vasev was responsible for private clients and ownership of Sberbank for the past 12 years, and since December 2022 he has been appointed vice president.

The European Union imposed tough sanctions on Sberbank in the summer of 2022 in response to Russia's war against Ukraine. Under pressure from Western sanctions, Russian banks said their profits plunged more than 90 percent last year.

Several Russian politicians, business leaders and leading financiers have died of alleged heart attacks or suicides since the start of the war in Ukraine.

On February 28, 2022, Russian oligarch Mikhail Watford, who made his fortune in oil and gas after the collapse of the Soviet Union, was found dead at his residence in Surrey in the United Kingdom. A gardener found him hanged in his garage. According to a police source, there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

On March 24, Vasily Melnikov, owner of the medical company Medstom, was found dead along with his wife and two children in their apartment in Nizhny Novgorod in Russia. According to police sources, quoted by Kommersant, Melnikov stabbed his wife and children with a knife before killing himself.

The Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lukoil Vladimir Nekrasov died suddenly

On April 18, Vladislav Avaev, a former senior official at Gazprombank, the banking subsidiary of Russian gas giant Gazprom, was found dead along with his wife and daughter. Their bodies were found in a luxury Moscow apartment. There was a gun in the oligarch's hands. He is believed to have killed his wife and child before committing suicide. The next day, April 19, Sergei Protosenya, head of Russian energy giant Novatek, was found dead along with the bodies of his wife and daughter in a rented villa in Lloret del Mar in Spain. The oligarch was found hanged in the garden of his villa, and his wife and daughter were found killed with firearms.

On December 24, 2022, the Director General of the Russian shipyard "Admiralty Verfi" Alexander Buzakov suddenly died at the age of 66. Further details of his death were not disclosed.

On May 20, 2023, Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education of Russia Pyotr Kucherenko died at the age of 46. Details of his death were not released. On July 22, 2023, the Russian entrepreneur, owner and director of the company "ICS Holding" Anton Cherepennikov died at the age of 40 from cardiac arrest. On October 24, 2023, the chairman of the management board of the Russian company Lukoil, Vladimir Nekrasov, died of acute heart failure.

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