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Exiled Putin critic found dead in DC neighborhood

Russian exile and prominent Putin critic Dan Rapoport was found dead outside his apartment building in Washington, DC on Sunday night, authorities said.

Police discovered Rapoport on the sidewalk outside the 2400 M Street Northwest apartment complex, according to the New York Post. He was 52 years old.

Authorities said they found his body after responding to a call about a “jumper”, referring to someone who intended to commit suicide by jumping from a tall building. On Rapoport’s corpse, police found $2,600 in cash, a damaged cellphone and a cracked helmet, according to the Post. They don’t suspect foul play.

The dissident investment banker fled Russia in 2012 after supporting dissident Alexei Navalny. He later married his second wife Alena, originally from Ukraine, and became a fierce opponent of the annexation of the country by the Moscow regime.

Alena vehemently denounced speculation that her husband had committed suicide.

While police say they have no reason to suspect foul play so far, the fate of other prominent Putin critics who fled abroad may lead some to assume his death was arranged in one way or another.

Navalny, for his part, found himself in solitary confinement after returning to Russia following a seemingly failed poisoning attempt involving the nerve agent Novichok, a frequent tool in Russian political assassinations. The agent first gained notoriety during the failed 2018 assassination attempt on Sergei Skripal, a Russian intelligence officer who worked as a double agent for the UK.

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