Editor-in-chief of Russian state newspaper Pravda dies of ‘stroke’ during business trip

Editor-in-chief of Russian state newspaper Pravda dies of ‘stroke’ during business trip – the latest Putin ally to expire in mysterious circumstances

  • Vladimir Nikolayevich Sungorkin was showing signs of suffocation when died
  • Was on business trip with colleagues from newspaper when he fell unconscious  
  • Group took him out for fresh air but nothing helped and he passed away
  • The doctor who initially examined him said he died of a stroke
  • He is latest in line of Putin allies to die in mysterious circumstances  

The editor-in-chief of Russian state newspaper Pravda died of a ‘stroke’ during a business trip, the latest Putin ally to expire in mysterious circumstances.  

Vladimir Nikolayevich Sungorkin, 68, was reportedly showing signs of ‘suffocation’ when he died on Wednesday.

The 68-year-old, was travelling towards Khabarovsk with colleagues from the paper before they were due to head to Moscow, when he fell unconscious. 

His colleague Leonid Zakharov explained that three minutes later, Vladimir began to suffocate and the group took him out for fresh air.   

He said that no one could save him and he sadly passed away, with the doctor who initially examined him concluding that he died of a stroke. 

Mr Sungorkin fell ill minutes after he said that the group should ‘find a beautiful place somewhere… for lunch’ according to the media outlet. 

Vladimir Nikolayevich Sungorkin, 68, pictured with Putin, was reportedly showing signs of ‘suffocation’ when he died on Wednesday

The 68-year-old, pictured with Putin, who worked as editor-in-chief at Komosomolskaya Pravda, was travelling towards Khabarovsk with colleagues before they were due to head into Moscow, when he fell unconscious. His colleague Leonid Zakharov explained that three minutes later, Vladimir began to suffocate and the group took him out for fresh air

The 68-year-old, pictured with Putin, who worked as editor-in-chief at Komosomolskaya Pravda, was travelling towards Khabarovsk with colleagues before they were due to head into Moscow, when he fell unconscious. His colleague Leonid Zakharov explained that three minutes later, Vladimir began to suffocate and the group took him out for fresh air

Putin had praised the staunch pro-Kremlin media outlet Komosomolskaya Pravda in 2020 on the 95th anniversary of its first issue.

He wrote in a statement: ‘The legendary Komsomolka has traveled a long creative path over these years and has written brilliant unforgettable pages in the history of the Russian media.

 ‘It is crucial that the current staff of the newspaper pass on these traditions from generation to generation and strive to retain the newspaper’s flagship position in the Russia media market.’

Mr Sungorkin’s colleagues wrote in an obituary that the journalist was a ‘symbol of new national journalism’ and had built the newspaper into a ‘mighty empire.’ 

He said that no one could save him and he sadly passed away, with the doctor who initially examined him concluding that he died of a stroke. Pictured: Putin and Sungorkin

He said that no one could save him and he sadly passed away, with the doctor who initially examined him concluding that he died of a stroke. Pictured: Putin and Sungorkin 

The 68-year-old is the latest in a long line of Putin allies to die in mysterious circumstances. 

Local Russian media outlets reported that Ivan Pechorin died most recently, after ‘falling from a boat’ in Vladivostok. 

Mr Pechorin was aviation director for Russia’s Far East and Arctic Development Corporation. 

Local Russian media outlets reported that Ivan Pechorin, pictured, died most recently, after 'falling from a boat' in Vladivostok

Local Russian media outlets reported that Ivan Pechorin, pictured, died most recently, after ‘falling from a boat’ in Vladivostok

And on February 25, the body of Alexander Tyulakov, a senior Gazprom financial and security official was found by his lover. 

It came after the death Leonid Shulman, who was head of transport at Gazprom Invest.

He was found three weeks earlier with stab wounds on his bathroom floor. 

Other allies who were found dead included Vladislav Avayev, 51, an ex-vice-president of Gazprombank and former Kremlin official and Sergey Protosenya.

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