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Another Putin Critic Has Been Found Dead

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Political commentator and known Putin critic Vladimir Pribylovsky was found dead in his apartment Wednesday, leading some to speculate the nature of his death.

Pribylovsky was found by his son Mikhail after he had not been heard from for three days. It is currently unknown how the Putin critic died, but an autopsy is pending.

The Russian state-owned agency known as TASS reported “the body of Pribylovsky was discovered today without outward signs of a violent death at 01:15 am Moscow time in the apartment.”

Andrei Malgin, a blogger and fellow Putin critic, is convinced foul play was involved.

“I don’t know the circumstances, but I am certain he was murdered. He would have turned 60 on March 6,” said Malgin in a blog post Wednesday.

Malgin has written on the deaths of journalists critical of the Kremlin before, including Anna Politkovskaya and Boris Nemtsov, who died in 2006 and 2015, respectively.

Since the fall of the Soviet Union, 56 journalists have been killed in Russia due to what they have written, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Nearly all of the of journalists were covering war, politics and corruption issues.

The 59-year-old Pribylovsky reportedly suffered from diabetes and was unwell recently, according to a friend.

Pribylovsky was the co-author of “The Corporation,” a book on Putin, his closest agents and a former columnist at Kommersant Vlast, a Russian news site. Pribylovsky was also known for translating George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” into Russian.

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