Putin critic found dead in apartment
*Vladimir Pribylovsky, a prolific author and for many years one of the country’s leading political commentators, was found by his son on Tuesday night *
Russian opposition figures and journalists have paid tribute to a critic of Vladimir Putin, who also campaigned to turn Russia into a tropical country, after he was found dead in his apartment.
Vladimir Pribylovsky, a prolific author and for many years one of the country’s leading political commentators, was found by his son on Tuesday night.
Mr Pribylovsky was a graduate in Byzantine history and fell foul of Soviet censors for his involvement in production of banned “Samizdat” literature in the 1980s.
He emerged as an expert commentator in Russian political and journalistic circles in the early 1990s, after he co-founded a newspaper and a think tank, both called Panorama, that made him a respected commentator on post-Soviet current affairs.
He authored a series of “Who’s who” reference works on Russian politics, and in the 2000s gained fame as the founder and main author on anticompromat.org, a site that largely consisted of profiles of key Russian public figures.
In 2007 police searched his flat and confiscated computers containing draft chapters of books he was writing about Vladimir Putin.
While officers said they were investigating the killing of a former security official, Mr Pribylovsky said at the time he thought “they just wanted to see what I was writing.”
The book, called ”The Corporation: Russia and KGB in the Age of President Putin,” and co-authored with the historian Yuri Feltishinsky, appeared in 2009.
Mr Feltishinsky was also the co-author with Alexander Litvinenko, the former Russian spy who died of polonium poisoning in Russia in 2006, of Blowing Up Russia, a book that accused the security services for carrying out a series of terrorist attacks in order to bring Vladimir Putin to power.
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