The former rector to the Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI) has died, according to a statement from the organization, amid a recent string of mysterious deaths among top Russian officials and executives.
Anatoly Gerashchenko “died in an accident” on September 21 and had served as the institute’s rector from 2007 to 2015, according to MAI’s website.
He spent 45 years of his life at the organization, working his way up the institute and was a “Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor [and] Advisor to the Rector of MAI,” it added.
The institute’s website added that a commission is now formed to investigate the incident, which will include representatives from the Ministry of Education and Science, the State Labour Inspectorate and the MAI.
Gerashchenko is at least the 10th influential Russian to have reportedly died by suicide or in unexplained…