Russian defense minister in intensive care after heart attack

A striking message from Russia. Former major shareholder of now-missing Russian oil and gas company Yukos Leonid Nevzlin claims Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has been hospitalized for a heart attack.


Yukos was once one of the largest oil and gas companies in the world. The company was nationalized at the beginning of this century after the arrest and conviction of its founder, Mikhail Khodorkovsky. He was imprisoned in Siberia between 2005 and 2014 for fraud and large-scale tax evasion. Nevzlin managed to escape from Russia in time and thus escaped a life sentence. He has been living in exile in Israel for many years.

‘It’s over’

Nevertheless, according to BNR foreign reporter Geert Jan Hahn, Nevzlin still has many close contacts in Russian political and business circles. Based on that, he says, ‘Shoigu is done and done. If he survives, he may be handicapped. He suddenly got a massive heart attack and is in intensive care, connected to devices. It is said that the heart attack was caused by an unnatural cause. ‘ Hahn emphasizes, ‘We can’t verify his statements, but it’s striking.’

‘Mysterious figure’

According to Hahn, Shoigu is gradually becoming a ‘mysterious character’. In March, the architect of the invasion of Ukraine seemed to have suddenly disappeared from the face of the earth. Even then, there was fierce speculation in various media about the fate of Shoigu. After two weeks of radio silence, he suddenly appeared on a recording of a military meeting.

A big case of corruption

After Nevzlin made his statements on Thursday, the rumor mill around Shoigu seems to have started again. The former Yukos chief also claims that 20 Russian generals have been arrested in a major corruption case involving ten billion dollars.

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