Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education Pyotr Kucherenko died under mysterious circumstances, after falling ill on Saturday on the plane that was taking him to Russia from Cuba.with a government delegation.
Since the beginning of the war, 13 members of the business world have died by suicide or of unexplained causes6 of whom are employees of two of the country’s major energy companies.
The deputy minister is on board
Kucherenko fell ill on the plane on which he was returning with the Russian delegation from a business trip to Cuba. The plane landed in Mineralnye Vody, where doctors attended but Kucherenko was not rescued. Zvezda TV announced that the autopsy will take place tomorrow. The family assumed a heart attack. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said today, in response to journalists’ questions, that he was not aware of the death of the deputy minister.
The famous journalist Roman Soper, who fled abroad shortly after the start of the invasion, announced on his Telegram channel that he had spoken with Kucherenko “a few days before he left the country.” Kucherenko told him he feared for his life and encouraged him to leave. “Save yourself, save your family. Leave the country as soon as possible. You cannot imagine the degree of inhumanity of our country. In a year, you will not recognize Russia. By leaving, you are doing the right thing,” she told him.
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