Russian general is found shot dead in ‘suicide’ at his country house weeks after ‘Putin fired him from job stamping out opposition’
- Major General Vladimir Makarov, 67, was in charge of ‘combatting extremism’
- He reportedly led the hunting down and suppression of opponents of Putin
A Russian general who was recently fired by Vladimir Putin has been found dead in a suspected suicide, according to reports.
Major General Vladimir Makarov, 67, was in charge of ‘combating extremism’ in Russia and was found shot dead on Monday morning.
He reportedly led the hunting down and suppression of opponents of the Russian president, as well as journalists deemed hostile to the Kremlin.
Makarov also took action against young people who protested against Putin.
Putin issued a decree to fire him last month, it is reported. However, his reasons for doing so remain unclear.
Major General Vladimir Makarov, 67, was in charge of ‘combatting extremism’ in Russia and was found shot dead on Monday morning. Police has said he died by suicide
Makarov’s wife Valentina was in a country house with her husband in Golikovo village near Moscow at 7am when she heard a gunshot, local reports said.
Some reports said a Berkut-2M hunting rifle was found nearby. Other accounts said a pistol was discovered.
His wife summoned a family member and called an ambulance but paramedics could not save Makarov, said reports, and he was pronounced dead.
The dead general’s family were being interrogated by the Russian Investigative Committee, reported Moskovsky Komsomolets, a Moscow-based daily newspaper.
The publication said that firearms were kept inside the house.
Relatives said he ‘did not know what to do’ after Putin axed him.
VChK-OGPU Telegram channel cited a source saying Makarov had been in ‘deep depression’ following his ousting.
He had been deputy head of the Interior Ministry’s Main Directorate for Combating Extremism, which was also responsible for countering terrorism.
Vladimir Makarov’s wife Valentina was in a country house with her husband in Golikovo village near Moscow at 7am when she heard a gunshot, local reports said
Makarov is not the first death of a former high-profile Russian to raise eyebrows, with dozens of Russian businessmen being found dead since the start of 2022 in unexplained circumstances.
From December 24 to 26, there was a string of four mysterious deaths.
On December 26, Pavel Antonov – the richest deputy of the Russian Duma (parliament) and a Putin critic – died in India falling out of a hotel window.
His companion Vladimir Bidenov was found dead in the same hotel four days earlier.
Aleksey Maslov, 69, the former chief of Russian Ground Forces, died in hospital on 25 December while Aleksandr Buzakov – head of Russia’s ‘admiralty shipyards’ for a decade – died on December 24.
In July, retired Major General of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation Yevgeny Lobachev, 76, was found dead in Moscow in July. His death was also ruled as suicide.
Other recent deaths have included the editor of a popular Russian propaganda magazine, the vice-president of Gazprombank and a senior Gazprom official.
One man burned alive after falling asleep with a lit cigarette in Moscow, another fell from a balcony, and another fell down a flight of stairs.
Suspicious deaths of notable Russians have not been confined to Russia’s borders, either. In April, Sergey Protosenya – Former Deputy Chairman of Novatek – was found hanged from a handrail. His wife and daughter were found killed with stab wounds.
Businessman Mikhail Watford was found dead at his home in Surrey, England, while another – Vladimir Bidenov – died in France after hitting his head on a railing.
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