Window Flu Strikes Moscow Again

( – A politician from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ruling party was found dead last week in a courtyard outside of his home in the city of Tobolsk east of the Ural Mountains, marking the latest in a growing list of prominent Russians who have died in unexplained circumstances in the last several years, CNN reported.

The Investigative Committee press service claimed that Tobolsk City Duma Deputy Vladimir Egorov, 46, had no “external signs of criminal death,” according to Russian outlet Kommersant. The committee would not confirm the circumstances surrounding Egorov’s death but said an autopsy would be conducted.

According to the unofficial Baza Telegram channel, Egorov’s body was found in the courtyard of his home in Tobolsk last Wednesday.

Kommersant reported that the cause of Egorov’s death was still being investigated. However, in a post on social media, the Tobolsk City Duma said Egorov’s death was the “result of an accident.”

Egorov is the latest prominent Russian to die either in unexplained circumstances or by suicide in recent years.

Others include Ravil Maganov, the chairman of Russia’s second-largest oil and gas company Lukoil. Lukoil had previously taken a public stance against Russia’s war in Ukraine. In September 2022, Maganov died after “falling” out of a hospital window in Moscow.

Pavel Antov, another member of Putin’s ruling United Russia party, died in late December 2022 after “falling” from the window of his third-floor hotel room in India. Just months before he died, Antov denied posting an anti-war WhatsApp message which he said was an “unfortunate misunderstanding” caused by a “technical issue.”

While returning from a trip to Cuba in May 2023 with a Russian delegation, Pyotr Kucherenko, the Russian Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education, fell ill on the plane and died. A reporter who spoke with Kucherenko in the months before his death said the deputy minister had feared for his safety.

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