An exiled investment banker who became a fierce critic of Vladimir Putin after leaving Russia has died in Washington DC, police have confirmed.
Latvian-American Dan Rapoport, 52, was found outside the upscale 2,400M building in Georgetown shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday by officers responding to reports of a jumper, the Police Department said Metropolitan (MPD). The Independent in a report.
Mr Rapoport was given first aid at the scene by ambulance staff and was taken to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
MPD spokeswoman Brianna Burch said Mr Rapoport’s death was still under active investigation.
“We don’t suspect foul play at this time,” she said.
A police report provided to The Independent showed Mr Rapoport had a cracked mobile phone, glasses, a Florida driving license and $2,620 (£2,200) cash on him when he died.
The news of his death was revealed in a post on Telegram by the former editor of Russian Tatler magazine.
Yuniya Pugacheva claimed Mr Rapoport’s dog was found in a park near his home in Washington DC with a suicide note and some cash.
However, his widow Alena Rapoport reportedly denied that her husband committed suicide.
She told the Russian Information Service RBC that an inquest was underway into his death and that there were “no notes, no suicide”.
“To our great regret, the husband and father of our daughter is no longer with us,” she said. RBC.
Ms Rapoport, a Ukrainian virologist, also refuted other claims by Ms Pugacheva that she had separated from her husband and that he had been in London “in the company of young girls”.
After leaving Russia in 2012 because of his support for pro-democracy activist Alexei Navalny, Mr Rapoport bought property in the Kalorama neighborhood of Washington DC.
He then sold the property to Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump when they moved to the US capital to take up senior adviser positions in Donald Trump’s administration in January 2017.
Mr Rapoport moved to Kyiv, Ukraine after selling the property, where he met his wife Alena.
“Dan evacuated us from Kyiv and returned there himself to help my country,” Alena Rapoport reportedly said. RBC. “Then we were supposed to meet in the United States.”
Bill Browder, a prominent critic of Putin, wrote on Twitter that his death was “very upsetting news”.
“He was one of the first Muscovite financiers I knew to publicly support Alexei Navalny. RIP Dan.
Very upsetting news. Exiled Putin critic Dan Rapoport died by suicide in Washington DC at age 52. He was one of the first Moscow-based financiers I knew to publicly support Alexei Navalny. RIP Dan https://t.co/eIsaC8T6d4
— Bill Browder (@Billbrowder) August 16, 2022
Mr Rapoport was born in Latvia when it was still part of the Soviet Union, and in 1980 his family was granted political asylum in the United States.
He studied at the University of Houston before moving to Russia in the 1990s to work in the finance and gas industries.
He was a co-owner of a popular nightclub in Moscow, The Soho Rooms, for some time.
Mr Rapoport left Russia in 2012, apparently because of his support for Mr Navalny, who is serving a nine-year prison sentence after returning to his home country in January 2021.
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