Russian minister who wed Eurovision star dies after privately condemning Putin
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A top Russian politician who married a Eurovision singer has mysteriously died after making private comments over the invasion of Ukraine.
Russia’s deputy science minister Pyotr Kucherenko was coming back to Moscow from a business trip to Cuba when the plane was forced to make an emergency landing in the south of Russia, the Science and Higher Education Ministry confirmed yesterday (May 21).
While doctors performed CPR on the politician, they were unable to save him.
His family said that the 46-year-old’s death was linked to an underlying heart condition, but added that his body has not been looked at by pathologists.
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Kucherenko’s body is expected to be autopsied on Wednesday (May 24),MailOnline reports.
Independent journalist Roman Super wrote after the announcement that his “old friend” had previously spoken in private about his inability to escape Russia following what he called the “fascist invasion” of Ukraine
The official leaves behind his wife, Georgian Eurovision talent Diana Gurtskaya, and their 15-year-old son Konstantin.
The official’s death is the latest in a long line of mysterious deaths of high-ranking Russians in a phenomenon that has been dubbed “Sudden Russian Death Syndrome”.
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More than two dozen high-profile officials have died in Russia since it invaded Ukraine in February 2022.
In April, top energy boss Igor Shkurko was found dead in his prison cell after he was accused of taking bribes.
The middle-aged official was the deputy general director of Russian energy company Yakutskenergo.
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He was a member of the pro-Putin United Russia political party but his membership was suspended when the bribe allegation was made.
Just two months before this, Russian oil magnate Viatcheslav Rovneiko, 59, was “found unconscious” late at night at his home.
Doctors were unable to save him from dying, according to a report by local media.
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