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Russian opposition activist and anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny, 38, centre, walks to attend a rally in Manezhnaya Square in Moscow. Credit: AP Photo/Anton Belitski

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Vladimir Putin sends condolences to Total CEO

Russian President Vladimir Putin has extended his condolences to the family of Christophe de Margarie, who died in a plane crash late last night in an airport in Moscow.

The chief executive of French oil giant Total regularly travelled to Russia, and recently dined in Paris with an ally of President Putin, who is under EU sanctions. Mr Putin's spokesman said:

Vladimir Putin had known de Margerie for a long time and had maintained close working contact with him.

The president highly valued the business qualities of de Margerie, as well as his staunch commitment both to the cause of promoting Russian-French relations and their mutually beneficial diverse co-operation in general.

– Dmitry Peskov

French President Francois Hollande expressed his "stupor and sadness" at the news.

Driver involved in crash that killed Total CEO 'drunk'

The driver of the snow plow involved in a deadly plane crash that killed the chief executive of French oil company Total was drunk, Russian investigators said.

The crash occurred late last night in an airport in Moscow. A spokesperson for Russia's Investigative Committee said:

At the moment, it is already established that the driver of the snow plow was in a condition of alcoholic intoxication.

– Russia's Investigative Committee

Total CEO De Margerie killed in Moscow plane crash

Christophe de Margerie. Credit: PA Wire

The chief executive of French oil firm Total has been killed in a plane crash in Moscow, airport officials confirmed.

Christophe de Margerie died in an accident at Moscow's Vnukovo airport on Monday night, a spokeswoman for the airport said.

The spokeswoman said: "Tonight, a plane crashed when it collided with a snow-clearing machine.

"Three crew members and a passenger died. I can confirm that the passenger was Total's head de Margerie"

In a statement posted on the Total website, the firm said: "The thoughts of the management and employees of the Group go out to Christophe de Margerie’s wife, children and loved ones as well as to the families of the three other victims."

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