A Russian multimillionaire has reportedly killed his wife and teenage daughter with an axe in their Spanish villa before killing himself for reasons not yet known.
Sergey Protosenya, 55, who had a fortune of over EUR 400 million, is believed to have hacked his wife and 18-year-old daughter to death with an axe before committing suicide in the courtyard of his villa in Lloret de Mar on Spain’s Costa Brava, according to local media.
Protosenya graduated in Civil Engineering at Moscow University and held the position of Deputy Chairman on the Board of Directors for natural gas company Novatek for over seven years.
The Russian family was registered at their villa in Lloret de Mar but lived in France and visited the Spanish residence as their second home, according to reports.
Protosenya and his wife Natalia, 53, had two children together, the 18-year-old victim and a teenage son who was in France at the time of the alleged killing spree.
The teen son called the Mossos d’Esquadra (Catalan police) on Tuesday when he was unable to contact any of his family members for a while.
Officers checked on the villa and found Protosenya dead in the courtyard after apparently committing suicide.
The police then found the dead bodies of his wife and teen daughter in the house.
According to local reports, the police are working in the hypothesis that Protosenya killed them both with an axe while they were sleeping.
Protosenya and his family flaunted their luxurious lifestyle on social media. They enjoyed golf and travelling all over the world, often sharing images of their apparently idyllic life with netizens.
Protosenya had no previous history of abuse, however, the police suspect the killings were gender-related and are investigating the case as femicide.
The police probe is ongoing.