WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Pavel Antov died at 65 after falling out of a hotel window in India.
- The Russian oligarch is the second critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin to die in a similar manner.
- A Whatsapp message reportedly linked to Antov’s account called a Russian missile strike on Ukraine an act of “terror.”
Russian oligarch Pavel Antov, 65, died in India on Sunday after falling out of a window, according to a report from the Russian media outlet TASS. Antov is the second critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin to die in a similar manner.
Antov was visiting the state of Odisha in eastern India. He reportedly fell from a hotel window in Rayagada only days after his 65th birthday celebration.
According to the BBC report, fellow Russian Vladimir Budanov was traveling with Antov and died at the same hotel on Friday. Odisha police superintendent Vivekanand Sharma said that Budanov died of a stroke.
Sharma noted that Antov “was depressed after his death and he too died.”
The Russian consul in Kolkata, Alexei Idamkin, informed TASS that the police do not consider a “criminal element in these tragic events.”
According to TASS, Antov was the chief of the Committee on Agrarian Policy, Nature Management, and Ecology of the Legislative Assembly of the Vladimir Region.
Vyacheslav Kartukhin, the Regional Parliament’s Vice Speaker, stated on his Telegram channel, “Our colleague, a successful entrepreneur, philanthropist Pavel Antov passed away. On behalf of the deputies of the United Russia faction, I express my deep condolences to relatives and friends.”
Antov’s passing was described as a “difficult and irreparable loss” by Vladimir Kiselyov, the legislative assembly’s speaker.
According to a report from the BBC, Antov was known to be a critic of Putin.
The BBC report revealed that a WhatsApp message linked to Antov’s account called a Russian missile strike in Ukraine an act of “terror.” The missile that hit Kyiv killed a man and injured his wife and 7-year-old daughter.
The WhatsApp message, which has since been deleted, stated, “It’s extremely difficult to call all this anything but terror.”
Antov later claimed that it was all a misunderstanding. He insisted that the message was from a war critic with whom he disagreed, and that he himself supported Putin and the war.
Antov is the second to have died from falling from a window after criticizing Putin this year.
Ravil Maganov, a Russian oil tycoon, died at 67 after falling from a hospital window in September, Insider reported.
Maganov’s oil company, Lukoil, issued a statement expressing “deepest concerns” about the situation in Ukraine.