By Oisin Sweeney • 20 December 2020 • 20:36
THE teen daughter of a Russian millionaire with links to President Putin has died after falling from her family’s 15th storey Moscow apartment.
The body of Valeria Shpilenko, 19, was found at the foot of the posh apartment block in Moscow on Thursday. Her father Andrey Shpilenko, 45, was once an MP and high-flying official in United Russia, the political party formed by Putin. Reports say he had heard her daughter cry out and ran to her bedroom to find the window open.
“I see how some media outlets are trying to misinterpret information, present it as something distorted and hint at a criminal nature.” said the bereaved dad. The tragedy on Thursday night was “due to an accident”, he said, adding this was the finding of a law enforcement investigation.
He and his wife Alyona were described as “deeply shocked”. Valeria studied International Journalism in Moscow, and was a keen photographer. Her younger brother, Ilya, is just 13years old. Her father was earlier vice-rector of the Moscow State University of Technology and Management, one of Russia’s top business schools.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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