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Spanish news website El Punt Avui reported the bodies of Sergey Protosenya, 55, his wife and his daughter were found at around 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19 at their home in the seaside resort of Lloret de Mar in Spain's Catalonia region.
The alarm was raised by the couple's eldest son, who was staying in France, when he was unable to reach them, it said. The website reported the mother and daughter were stabbed to death, while Sergey Protosenya had apparently hanged himself.
Some inconsistencies had been discovered, with the news site saying the two women were stabbed as they slept. However, no blood stains were found on Protosenya, the report said. Blood-stained socks had apparently been used as makeshift gloves to prevent fingerprints on the ax and knife.
The incident comes amid similar reports from Moscow, of another executive linked to a gas company who also allegedly killed his wife and daughter before committing suicide. Former Kremlin official and Gazprombank vice-president Vladislav Avayev, 51, was found dead in his luxury Moscow apartment by his 26-year-old daughter on Monday, police said. The bodies of his wife Yelena, 47, and younger daughter Maria, 13, were also discovered. All had suffered gunshot wounds.