Mr. Vladimir Pribylovsky, a prominent Russian political scientist and author has died in Moscow.
According to Russian media, he died from apoplexy on January 10th, 2016. He was found dead after two days.
But at least two opposition members including Mr Andrey Malgin expressed their fears that Mr Pribylovsky was, in fact, murdered. Mrs. Anastasia Kirilenko, who was co-operative of Mr. Pribylovsky, revealed on her Facebook, that he worked on a new books about Vladimir Putin in his regime as well as ‘who is who’ in Ukrainian politics and business for Western audience.
“I have just received information that Mr. Vladimir Pribylovsky, my co-author (…) was found dead” – wrote his friend historian Dr. Yuri Felshtynsky on Twitter.
Another friend from Russia, Mr. Vyacheslav Irgunov, added more details. Mr. Pribylovsky’s son found his father dead when he came to the apartment because father was answering his phone. Furthermore Mr.Irgunov explained that his friend looked really bad during his last meeting. “He had no means to live and there is no money for funeral” – Mr. Irgunov on Facebook.
In 2008 Felshtynsky and Pribylovsky published “The Age Assassins:The Rise and Rise of Vladimir Putin: How Scary Are Russia’s New Rulers?“, a detailed analysis of Russian government cooperation with an organised crime.
A year earlier Russian regime targeted Pribylovsky for alleged revealing of a classified information. Agents took electronic version of a book and two computers.
In 2013 Russian Internet censorship agency blocked access to a blog with his writings.
In Soviet Union Mr.Pribylovsky was a Russian dissident and publisher of Samizdat – self-published literature prohibited by Communist censorship.
For at least last two decades as a political scientist and writer led an effort to chronicle historical events in his country publishing ‘who is who’ in Russian opposition and ruling elites.
He is an author of over 40 books and numerous articles. In 2015 he published a compendium of biographical essays about the most important Russian nationalists.