Putin ‘critic’ Pavel Antov falls to death from Odisha hotel

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Pavel Antov, chairman of the Committee on Agrarian Policy and Ecology of the Legislative Assembly of Russia’s Vladimir Region, died after falling from the third floor of a hotel in Odisha’s Rayagada district.

Antov died while celebrating his birthday on December 25. He belonged to the ruling party of Russian President Vladimir Putin but had criticized civilian killings in Ukraine. He, however, made a turnaround by stating his post on social media was an “unfortunate misunderstanding”.

The death of Antov, described as a “sausage multi-millionaire”, has made Western media speculate whether he was the latest among several Putin critics who have died mysteriously.