In a tragic incident that adds to a string of puzzling deaths, a 28-year-old vice president of a prominent Russian bank met her demise after falling from the 11th floor of her Moscow apartment on June 23. Reports indicate that Kristina Baikova, the esteemed VP of Loko-Bank, was pronounced dead at the scene, as shared by the Baza Telegram channel.
At the time of the unfortunate incident, Baikova was accompanied by a 34-year-old male acquaintance named Andrei, according to information provided by Baza. Andrei revealed that Baikova had invited him over to her residence on Khodynsky Boulevard for a social gathering, during which she stepped out onto her balcony before the tragic fall occurred.
Baikova’s untimely demise highlights a distressing trend of fatal falls among Russian executives, as reported by the Daily Mail. Last year, a well-known Putin critic named Dan Rapoport suffered a similar fate when he fell from his luxury apartment building in Washington, DC. Despite initial suggestions of suicide, Rapoport’s wife vehemently disputed such claims.
Tragically, this was followed by the fatal fall of Ravil Maganov, the chair of Russian oil giant Lukoil, from a sixth-floor window at a Moscow hospital. Prior to his death, Lukoil had openly criticized President Vladimir Putin and condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as reported by Euro Weekly News. Another incident involved the creative director of an IT company, Grigory Kochenov, who plunged to his death from his apartment balcony while Russian authorities were conducting a search.
December proved to be a particularly devastating month, witnessing the deaths of a Russian sausage tycoon who fell from a hotel window in India, only two days after his compatriot met a similar fate at the same hotel. Additionally, a Russian real estate tycoon tragically lost his life in a fatal fall down a flight of stairs while in the French Riviera.
Adding to the disconcerting pattern, a federal judge named Artyom Bartenev fell from the 12th floor of his apartment building earlier this month, resulting in his immediate death.
The Atlantic revealed that in 2022 alone, around two dozen Russian officials and oligarchs met mysterious ends, coining the term “Sudden Russian Death Syndrome” to describe the alarming trend.
As investigations into Baikova’s tragic death unfold, authorities are determined to shed light on the circumstances surrounding her untimely demise.