Russian Oligarch Found Dead At Shaman's Home. Russia Blames Toad Venom.

A venomous toad, not to be confused with aspirin. Image credit: Miroslav Hlavko/

A Russian oligarch has been found dead in the basement of a shaman's house, Russian state media has reported.

Alexander Subbotin, former CEO and former executive at the Kremlin-friendly energy company Lukoil, is the latest of a string of oligarchs and journalists who have died in mysterious circumstances since the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces. According to Russian-affiliated media Tass, Subbotin met his unfortunate end due to ingesting toad venom in an attempt to cure a hangover.

People who are no longer in the favor of Vladimir Putin do tend to have a habit of dying in mysterious circumstances, such as the string of clumsy journalists and doctors who met their end by falling out of windows.


This thread is about 20 tweets long. Clumsy, clumsy journalists.

Subbotin was pronounced dead following a reported heart attack, which the Mytishchi Ministry of Internal Affairs said they were looking into.

"According to the owner of the house, a native of Kharkov Alexei Pindyurin, Subbotin arrived to him in a state of severe alcohol and drug intoxication the day before," a source told Tass.

"The body of the billionaire was in the basement of the house of Pindyurin, who is also called the shaman Magua, in a room used for Jamaican voodoo rituals."

Local news outlets reported that he had been seeking a hangover cure, which contained toad poison, according to Newsweek. Lukoil, by a remarkable coincidence, had recently called for a quick end to the invasion of Ukraine. 

Sergey Protosenya, another oligarch, was found dead alongside his wife and daughter in April, in what police ruled a murder-suicide. The day before that, the former vice president of bank Gazprombank, Vladislav Avaev, was found dead in his apartment, along with his wife and daughter.

In this context, the claim that Subbotin sought a shaman and ingested toad venom in order to cure a hangover rather than taking an aspirin seems unlikely, but we guess stranger things have happened. Like all those journalists who coincidentally fell out of third-floor windows.


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