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Russian central banker commits murder-suicide in Blagoveshchensk

Russian central banker commits murder-suicide in Blagoveshchensk

For well over a year we have documented how Western bankers have died in droves either through suicide or by other mysterious causes.  But on Jan. 27 in the Russian city of Blagoveshchensk, a central banker took matters into his own hands and went on a killing spree of his own before turning the gun on himself.

The Deputy head of the Russian central bank, Vladimir Levkin, went on a rampage of unknown reasons this week and took the lives of two women and one man in the banking office of the Amur region before ending his own life shortly after.  No one at this time knows the reason for this brutal act, but the bank as a whole has been under extreme pressure since the West issued economic sanctions of the Eurasian state, and from the recent drop in oil that has led to a collapse of the Russian currency.

The deputy head of the Russian Central Bank directorate in the Amur region of the country has shot dead three people before turning the gun on himself, Russian independent news service Interfax reports.

The killer, named in Russian media as Vladimir Levkin, is alleged to have shot two women and a man in an office on the first floor of the regional Central Bank in the city of Blagoveshchensk. All three died at the scene.

The motive for the shootings is unclear at this time, though Russian media is speculating that the shooter may have been having problems at work. – Business Insider

This incident in Russia appears on the surface to be primarily tied to personal or mental problems that Levkin was experiencing, but nothing can be considered open and shut in light of the ‘mysterious’ and freak accident that killed Total CEO Christophe de Margerie on a runway just outside of Moscow late last year.


Here is the updated list of dead financial industry professionals in 2014 and 2015:


1) David Bird, 55, long-time reporter for the Wall Street Journal working at the Dow Jones news room

2) Tim Dickenson, a U.K.-based communications director at Swiss Re AG

3) William Broeksmit, 58, former senior manager for Deutsche Bank

4) Ryan Henry Crane, age 37, JP Morgan

5) Li Junjie, 33, Hong Kong JP Morgan

6) Gabriel Magee, 39, age JP Morgan employee

7) Mike Dueker, 50, who had worked for Russell Investments

8) Richard Talley, 57, was the founder and CEO of American Title (real estate titles)

9) James Stuart Jr. 70, Former National Bank of Commerce CEO was found dead in Scottsdale, Ariz

10) Jason Alan Salais, 34 year old IT Specialist at JPMorgan since 2008

11) Autumn Radtke, 28, CEO of First Meta, a Singapore-based virtual currency trading platform

12) Eddie Reilly, 47, investment banker, Vertical Group, New York

13) Kenneth Ballando, 28, investment banker, Levy Capital, New york

14) Joseph A. Giampapa, 55, corporate bankruptcy lawyer, JP Morgan Chase

15) Jan Peter Schmittmann, 57, voormalig topbestuurder ANB/AMRO, Laren, Nederland

16) Juergen Frick, 48, CEO Bank Frick & Co AG, Liechtenstein

17) Beno√ģt Philippens, 37, directeur BNP Parisbas Fortis Bank, Ans, Belgi√ę.

18) Lydia…, 52, bankier Bred-Banque-Populaire, Parijs

19) Andrew Jarzyk, 27, bankier, PNC Bank, New York

20) Carlos Six, 61, Hoofd Belastingdienst en lid CREDAF, Belgi√ę

21) Jan Winkelhuijzen, 75, Commissaris en Fiscalist (voormalig Deloitte), Nederland.

22) Richard Rockefeller, 66, achterkleinzoon elitebankier John D. Rockefeller, Amerika

23) Mahafarid Amir Khosravi (Amir Mansour Aria), 45, bankeigenaar, zakenman en derivatenhandelaar, Iran

24) Lewis Katz, 76, zakenman, advocaat en insider in de bancaire wereld, Amerika

25) Julian Knott, Directeur Global Operations Center JP Morgan, 45, Amerika

26) Richard Gravino, IT Specialist JP Morgan, 49, Amerika

27) Thomas James Schenkman, Managing Director Global Infrastructure JP Morgan, 42, Amerika

28) Nicholas Valtz, 39, Managing Director Goldman Sachs, New York, Amerika

29) Therese Brouwer, 50, Managing Director ING, Nederland

30) Tod Robert Edward, 51, Vice President M & T Bank, Amerika

31) Thierry Leyne, 48, investeringsbankier en eigenaar Anatevka S.A., Isra√ęl

32) Calogero Gambino, 41, Managing Director Deutsche Bank, Amerika

33) Shawn D. Miller, 42, Managing Director Citigroup, New York, Amerika

34) Melissa Millian, 54, Senior Vice President Mass Mutual, Amerika

35) Thieu Leenen, 64, Relatiemanager ABN/AMRO, Eindhoven, Nederland

36) Geert Tack, 52, Private Banker ING, Haaltert, Belgi√ę


1) Thomas Gilbert, Hedge Fund Manager Wainscott Hedge Fund, Manhattan, New York, America

2) Michael Flanagan, 45, head of Foreign Exchange, National Australia Bank, London, England

3) Omar Meza, 33, Vice President, AIG, Los Angeles, America

4) Chris van Eeghen, 42, Head of Syndicate and Corporate Finance Markets, ABN / AMRO, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

5) Vladimir Levkin, Deputy Head of Russian Central Bank, Blagoveshchensk, Russian Federation

Kenneth Schortgen Jr is a writer for,, and hosts the popular web blog, The Daily Economist. Ken can also be heard Friday evenings giving an weekly economic report on the Angel Clark radio show.



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