Russian millionaire 'kills wife and daughter with axe' before taking his own life

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A Russian multimillionaire has reportedly murdered 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 A$586 million, is believed to have hacked his wife and 18-year-old daughter to death 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.

Sergey Protosenya, 55, pictured with his wife Natalia, 53, and daughter Maria, 18. Source: Newsflash/Australscope
The bodies of Sergey Protosenya, 55, his wife Natalia, 53, and their 18-year-old daughter were found in their Spanish villa. Source: Newsflash/Australscope

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.

Son calls police after he's unable to contact parents

The teen son called 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.

The police then found the dead bodies of his wife and teen daughter in the house.

According to local reports, the police are working on the hypothesis that Protosenya killed them both with an axe while they were sleeping.

Sergey Protosenya, 55, pictured with of his wife Natalia, 53, and daughter Maria, 18, and unknown man, (left). Source: Newsflash/Australscope
Protosenya and his wife 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. Source: Newsflash/Australscope

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 followers.

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 investigation is ongoing.

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