Russian actor and Putin critic found dead in Moscow

Police suspect foul play after Alexei Devotchenko, critic of Vladimir Putin, discovered “in pool of blood”

A well-known Russian actor who was a vocal critic of the Kremlin has been found dead in suspicious circumstances at his home in Moscow.

Alexei Devotchenko, 49, was discovered in his apartment in the north of the city, police told Russia news agencies.

“There is reason to suppose that the artist’s death is of a criminal character,” said one law enforcement source.

Mr Devotchenko was know for his roles in several popular television drama series such as “Bandit Petersburg” and “The Street of Broken Lamps” and in performances at the highly regarded Moscow Art Theatre.

Some reports said the actor was found by a friend in a pool of blood outside his home while others said he was inside the apartment.

In 2011, the actor said he was renouncing two state acting prizes “received from Putin’s hands”, saying he was “ashamed”. “I’ve had enough of all this tsar-state stuff,” he wrote in a blog post. “With its lies, its cover-ups, its legalised theft, its bribe-taking and its other triumphs.”

A year earlier he had urged fellow actors, artists and musicians to boycott “ultra-patriotic, propagandistic, chauvinistic, anti-Semitic, or pro-Stalinist feature films and television projects” and “agitprop documentaries”.

He also called on them not to talk to “lying and tendentious state media” or to take part in Kremlin-linked banquets.

Full article: Russian actor and Putin critic found dead in Moscow (The Telegraph)

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