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Ex Kremlin official and Gazprombank VP is tracked down dead ‘with firearm in his grasp’ in his extravagance Moscow condo close to assemblages of his better half and little girl, 13

Former Kremlin official and Gazprombank vice-president - Vladislav Avayev (pictured) - has been found dead in his £2 million Moscow apartment by his 26-year-old daughter, police say

Former Kremlin official and Gazprombank vice-president – Vladislav Avayev (pictured) – has been found dead in his £2 million Moscow apartment by his 26-year-old daughter, police say

Vladislav Avayev, 51, was found dead alongside his ‘pregnant’ spouse Yelena, 47, and their more youthful girl Maria, 13 in their fourteenth floor Moscow loft
The bodies were found by the couple’s upset grown-up girl Anastasia
Every one of the three casualties had gunfire wounds, as indicated by police in Moscow
Anastasia had gone to the condo when she neglected to reach her loved ones
It was accounted for that the shootings were completed ‘with Avayev’s gun’
Specialists said they are keeping a receptive outlook on the fourteenth floor slaughter
A previous Kremlin official and Gazprombank VP has been found dead in his first class £2 million Moscow loft by his 26-year-old girl, police have said.

Close by the assemblage of multimillionaire Vladislav Avayev, 51, was his ‘pregnant’ spouse Yelena, 47, and more youthful girl Maria, 13.
The bodies – all with shot injuries – were found by the couple’s troubled grown-up girl Anastasia, when she opened the condo subsequent to neglecting to contact her loved ones.

Specialists said they are keeping a receptive outlook on the fourteenth floor slaughter, completed ‘with Avayev’s gun’, and researching any connects to his work and individual life.

Anastasia let officials know that the firearm had been in her dad’s hand when she observed his body, say reports.

Avayev recently filled in as a high-flying leader at Gazprombank, a critical piece of Vladimir Putin’s gas-for-roubles plan to hit back at Western authorizations – in which Putin requested unfamiliar organizations open a record with the bank.

The 51-year-old had left the secretly run bank as VP, however it was hazy on the off chance that he held associations with it.

Former Kremlin official and Gazprombank vice-president - Vladislav Avayev (pictured) - has been found dead in his £2 million Moscow apartment by his 26-year-old daughter, police say

Former Kremlin official and Gazprombank vice-president – Vladislav Avayev (pictured) – has been found dead in his £2 million Moscow apartment by his 26-year-old daughter, police say
Alongside the body of multimillionaire Vladislav Avayev, 51, was his 'pregnant' wife Yelena (pictured), 47, and younger daughter Maria, 13

Alongside the body of multimillionaire Vladislav Avayev, 51, was his ‘pregnant’ wife Yelena (pictured), 47, and younger daughter Maria, 13
The bodies - all with gunshot wounds - were found by the couple's distraught adult daughter Anastasia (pictured), when she opened the apartment after failing to reach her family

The bodies – all with gunshot wounds – were found by the couple’s distraught adult daughter Anastasia (pictured), when she opened the apartment after failing to reach her family

Earlier he had been deputy head of a major department in Putin’s Kremlin administration. He was wealthy from his construction company.

One theory is that there had been jealousy after Yelena was found to be five months pregnant by her husband’s driver.

However, reports are ambiguous as to whether the dead woman was pregnant.

Other accounts suggest the wealthy ex-banker had discovered his wife was having an affair, and the driver had resigned.

Separately there were claims the couple had been involved in a court dispute regarding financial matters.

But investigation sources say they are probing a number of leads.

A total of 13 weapons were found in the luxury flat, which had been locked from the inside, according to Anastasia.

A neighbor called Kristina said:

‘I heard three shots and shouting. A woman was screaming. Then two more shots were fired. No-one else was screaming.

Pictured: A still grab from a video purportedly showing the crime scene inside Avayev's apartment

Pictured: A still grab from a video purportedly showing the crime scene inside Avayev's apartment
Pictured: Still grabs from a video purportedly showing the crime scene inside Avayev’s apartment
Pictured: A general view of Avayev's apartment building in Moscow

Pictured: A general view of Avayev’s apartment building in Moscow
Pictured: Officials are seen outside Avayev's apartment building in Moscow

Pictured: Officials are seen outside Avayev’s apartment building in Moscow

‘I looked out the window – I thought it was fireworks… It turned out they weren’t, my mother told me it was definitely gunshots.’

A female neighbour said:

‘Perhaps this was because of the sanctions – everyone is depressed, some are willing to go to extreme measures.’

She said sanctions and the economic downturn may have hit his business.

‘They possibly put him in debt and he decided to shoot himself,’

she said.

Another female neighbour said: ‘He was a smart man, almost the head of Gazprombank. I had seen him – he did not look like a maniac. He was a nerd.

‘He had no reason to do that. He was rich, smart. There’s no way a man like that could kill. Maybe Avayev and his family were killed.

‘So what does that mean? A man with a gun broke into our house, and no one stopped him? How are we supposed to sleep now?’

Gazprombank is one of the main channels for payments for Russian oil and gas, and in March, Putin demanded that foreign countries must open accounts with the bank in order to pay for Russian gas – in retaliation against western sanctions.

Gazprombank would then convert euros or dollars into roubles.

Putin had initially said foreign countries must pay for Russian energy in Roubles in a bid to save the country’s failing economy, a stance that he later softened on.

In March, Britain announced sanctions against Gazprombank – the third largest bank in Russia – as part of a crackdown by western countries on Moscow over its brutal on-going invasion of Ukraine.

Over the weekend, the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen told a German newspaper that the European Union’s forthcoming sanctions will also target banks, in particular Sberbank, as well as oil.

Pictured: People visit a branch of Gazprombank in Moscow, Russia (file photo). Vladislav Avayev had recently left his role as a vice president in the bank - Russia's third largest

Pictured: People visit a branch of Gazprombank in Moscow, Russia (file photo). Vladislav Avayev had recently left his role as a vice president in the bank – Russia’s third largest

Bild am Sonntag, in an interview published on Sunday, asked her to name the key points of a planned sixth round of sanctions.

‘We are looking further at the banking sector, especially Sberbank, which accounts for 37% of the Russian banking sector. And, of course, there are energy issues,’

she said.

The EU has so far spared Russia’s largest bank from previous sanctions rounds because it, along with Gazprombank, is one of the main channels for payments for Russian oil and gas, which EU countries have been buying despite the conflict in Ukraine.

She also said that the EU was working on ‘clever mechanisms’ so that oil could also be included in the next sanctions.

‘What should not happen is that (Russian President Vladimir) Putin collects even higher prices on other markets for supplies that would otherwise go to the EU,’ she was quoted as saying.

 ‘The top priority is to shrink Putin’s revenues,’

she said.

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