(TheConservativeNews.org) – A Russian businessman and rumored critic of president Vladimir Putin has died after falling from a third-floor window of an Indian hotel just days after a friend died on the same trip.
Pavel Antov, who was reportedly celebrating his upcoming 66th birthday, was found dead outside the Hotel Sai International in Rayagada, the UK’s Telegraph reported.
According to Russian state media, Antov, who was also a politician, died in a fall from his third-floor window at the swanky hotel.
The wealthy member of Putin’s United Russia party was chairman of the agriculture committee at the legislature in Russia’s Vladimir region, the Telegraph reported.
Antov was the founder of sausage producer Vladimir Standard and the country’s top-earning lawmaker, according to Russian Forbes, which put his annual income at almost $156 million.
In July, Antov slammed the Kremlin’s missile attacks on Kyiv as terrorism on WhatsApp, where he posted a story about a girl who had been pulled out of the rubble at her demolished home.
“It’s extremely difficult to call all this anything but terror,” he wrote.
Although he must have gotten a private intimation of displeasure from someone because he apologized for the thoughts – using the classic American celebrity dodge, “I was hacked!” – and reiterated his undying support for the regime shortly thereafter.
His death comes just days after another Russian he was traveling with was also found dead. His travel companion, Vladimir Budanov, reportedly died at the same hotel on Friday.
Vladimir Budanov was 61, his cause of death, according to police, was a heart attack.
Antov, is the latest in a slew of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s critics to die under mysterious circumstances.
Another Putin critic, the chairman of Russia’s largest private oil company, Ravil Maganov, died after allegedly falling out of a hospital window in September, according to Russian news outlets.
Ivan Pechorin, the managing director of the Far East and Arctic Development Corporation and a point man for Putin on the development of the Arctic, died after falling off his boat in September.
Pechorin’s death came months after his former boss, Igor Nosov, died from a sudden stroke at the age of 43 in February.
Skeptics are starting to think there may be something nefarious going on.