Top Putin Propagandist Found Dead After Suspected 'Poisoning

Written by Jeppe W

Jan.08 - 2024 2:19 PM CET


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Zoya Konovalova, a key figure in Russian state media, was found dead under mysterious circumstances, suspected to be a case of poisoning, reports Newsweek.

Konovalova, 48, served as the editor-in-chief of the State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company Kuban, a prominent media outlet in Russia.

Her demise adds to the growing list of enigmatic deaths involving high-profile Russian individuals since the Ukraine invasion in February 2022.

Konovalova's body was discovered alongside her ex-husband, 52, at a residence in the Krasnodar region on January 5. Initial reports from Russian state news agency RIA Novosti indicate that there were no visible injuries on either body.

The State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company Kuban, confirming the news of Konovalova’s death, stated that poisoning is suspected as the cause.

Born in Murmansk, Konovalova had a distinguished career in media, working in Moscow before relocating to Krasnodar Territory in 2003. Over the past year, she had led the digital editorial office at her company, playing a significant role in shaping state media narrative.

The recent incident follows the death of another Russian journalist, Alexander Rybin, found near a highway in Russia’s Rostov region, which borders Ukraine.

Rybin's demise also remains shrouded in uncertainty. Additionally, Anna Tsareva, deputy editor-in-chief of Komsomolskaya Pravda, was found dead in her Moscow apartment last month, reportedly after suffering from a lung infection.

These consecutive deaths have raised concerns and prompted investigations. The Investigative Committee's Krasnodar department is looking into Konovalova's case, while the broader implications of these incidents remain a subject of speculation and intrigue in international media and political circles.