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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Gutseriyev's Son Killed in Car Accident

The son of former Russneft head Mikhail Gutseriyev, who has complained of coming under heavy government pressure, has been killed in a car crash in Moscow, his family said.

Chingiskhan Gutseriyev, 21, died Wednesday night and was buried in the family's native republic of North Ossetia on Thursday in a Muslim ceremony attended by the president of neighboring Ingushetia.

Russneft said he had died of a brain hemorrhage following the accident.

Kommersant reported that the circumstances of the death were mysterious. It said Moscow police had no record of a crash involving him, ambulance services received no call-out requests and hospitals had no record of treating him.

A Russneft spokesman and police declined to comment on the report. Moscow traffic police said they had no record of a crash involving Gutseriyev.

He was educated at Britain's elite Harrow School and went to Warwick University before joining the board of directors of some of his father's companies, including Binbank.

Mikhail Gutseriyev accused the government in July of "unprecedented bullying" after Russneft received back tax demands totaling $800 million.

Mikhail Gutseriyev, whose personal wealth has been estimated at $3 billion, was himself accused of tax evasion and illegal business activities and courts seized some of his property.

The businessman resigned from the presidency of Russneft on July 30, blaming state pressure, after an investment vehicle controlled by billionaire Oleg Deripaska filed for permission to buy the company.

He later recanted, saying he was happy to sell to Deripaska.