Editor of Russian state newspaper Pravda dies of ‘stroke’ while on business trip

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Editor of Russian state newspaper Pravda dies of ‘stroke’ while on business trip – latest Putin ally to expire under mysterious circumstances

  • Vladimir Nikolayevich Sungorkin was showing signs of choking when he died
  • Was on a business trip with colleagues from the newspaper when he lost consciousness
  • The band took him out for some air but nothing helped and he died
  • The doctor who initially examined him said he died of a stroke
  • He is the last of Putin’s allies to die under mysterious circumstances

The editor of Russian state newspaper Pravda has died of a “stroke” while on a business trip, the latest Putin ally to expire under mysterious circumstances.

Vladimir Nikolayevich Sungorkin, 68, reportedly showed signs of “suffocation” when he died on Wednesday.

The 68-year-old was traveling to Khabarovsk with colleagues from the newspaper before heading to Moscow, when he lost consciousness.

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

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

Mr Sungorkin fell ill minutes after saying the group should ‘find a nice place somewhere…for lunch’, according to the media.

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

The 68-year-old, pictured with Putin, who worked as editor of Komosomolskaya Pravda, was heading to Khabarovsk with colleagues before heading to Moscow, when he fell unconscious  His colleague Leonid Zakharov explained that three minutes later Vladimir began to suffocate and the group took him for fresh air.

The 68-year-old, pictured with Putin, who worked as editor of Komosomolskaya Pravda, was heading to Khabarovsk with colleagues before heading to Moscow, when he fell unconscious His colleague Leonid Zakharov explained that three minutes later Vladimir began to suffocate and the group took him for fresh air.

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

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

“It is crucial that the newspaper’s current staff pass on these traditions from generation to generation and strive to maintain the newspaper’s leading position in the Russian media market.”

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

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

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

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

Local Russian media reported that Ivan Pechorin died recently, after “falling out of a boat” in Vladivostok.

Mr. Pechorin was director of aviation for the Russian Far East and Arctic Development Corporation.

Local Russian media reported that Ivan Pechorin, pictured, died most recently, after being

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

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

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

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

Other allies found dead included Vladislav Avayev, 51, a former Gazprombank vice president and former Kremlin official, and Sergey Protosenya.

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