A longtime ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who later grew to become an outspoken critic, has died on the age of 72. Viktor Cherkesov died in St Petersburg on Tuesday night time, the New York Put up stated in a report, quoting a Telegram publish by Alexander Khinstein, chairman of the State Duma Committee on Info Coverage. Mr Cherkesov was a former chief of the now-defunct State Drug Management Service (FKSN) and presidential envoy to the Northwestern Federal District, the outlet additional stated.
No official purpose has been given for Mr Cherkesov’s demise however Russian media stated it adopted a “critical sickness”.
Based on the BBC, Mr Cherkesov began his profession as a KGB officer in St Petersburg. Between 1992 and 1998, he headed the FSB, the Russian secret service’s successor, for St Petersburg and Leningrad areas. It was throughout this era that Mr Cherkesov got here near Mr Putin, the outlet additional stated.
When Mr Putin was appointed the director of FSB in 1998, Mr Cherkesov moved to Moscow and served as his second-in-command.
He even participated within the election marketing campaign of his former boss within the yr 2000, the BBC report additional stated.
Mr Cherkesov induced an argument by an article he wrote within the newspaper Kommersant within the yr 2007, during which he talked about corruption within the safety companies.
Mr Putin was sad with the article and stated there was “no have to make such info public”, as per Newsweek.
After his falling out with Mr Putin, Mr Cherkesov was demoted and subsequently fired from the federal government service.
In September, chairman of Russian large Lukoil Ravil Maganov, was discovered lifeless after falling from a sixth-floor window of a hospital in Moscow. In the identical month, former head of Moscow Aviation Institute Anatoly Gerashchenko, died after falling from stairs.
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