Putin critic found dead

Alexei Dovotchenko

Famous Russian Actor who publicly criticised Vladimir Putin, has been found dead at his apartment in Moscow.    

The well-known outspoken critic, Alexei Dovotchenko, who publicly criticized the Russian President, was discovered in a pool of blood, by a friend. Rumours are rife as to the cause of his death; some reports say he suffered a heart attack while others are saying he fell over while drunk.      

He was a renowned critic of Putin and the Kremlin, having taken part in many anti-Kremlin protests. He was also a member of the United Civil Front and in March he signed a letter along with other Russian actors condemning the country’s military intervention in Ukraine.

Three years ago, he returned two state honours that had previously been awarded to him by President Putin for acting.

He said he handed them back in a protest against corruption and political censorship and said he felt ‘ashamed’ to have received them.

In a later interview he said: “I am completely fed up with this tzar-statedom with its lies, cover-ups, state sanctioned robbery, bribery and other virtues.”

Shortly after the interview, he was attacked on the Moscow underground, with reports saying he was ‘almost killed.’

The 49-year-old was born in St Petersburg in October 14, 1965 and attended the St Petersburg State Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinematography.

He was best known for his roles in the drama series Bandit St Petersburg and The Street of Broken Lights.

Police are investigating but there has not yet been a cause of death established. The source added that there were no signs of a violent death and that he fell and hit his head. However other sources have said he died through blood loss caused by cuts to his hands and another source said he had died of a heart attack. 

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