Dead Russian Journalist Accused Of ‘Gigantic Corruption’ By Putin’s Administration

Over the weekend, a journalist who had been critical of Russian officials and had vowed to publish information about “gigantic corruption” was discovered dead by the side of the road; however, his exact cause of death is still unknown.

Dead Russian Journalist Accused Of 'Gigantic Corruption' By Putin's Administration

“It will be almost impossible to determine whether foul play was involved Rybin’s death or whether he died of heart disease as some Russian media outlets claim,” Rebekah Koffler, a strategic military intelligence analyst and the author of “Putin’s Playbook,” told Fox News Digital.

The 39-year-old Alexander Rybin was discovered close to a highway around 130 miles outside of Mariupol, Ukraine, where he had been reporting on the Russian invasion. The autopsy revealed that “cardiomyopathy” was the official cause of death, according to The Sun, which cited Russian government media.

According to certain sources, Rybin was a journalist who supported the Kremlin, but in the final weeks of his life, he developed a sharp critical eye for local authorities. He attributed the city’s and the Donetsk region’s sluggish reconstruction to widespread corruption.

In one of his last investigations, Rybin reported that Mariupol had “gigantic money” and “gigantic opportunities for corruption.”

According to a translation from The Sun, Rybin explained that his “personal impression” — which he hastened to underline was not an indictment of any form — “is that there is a gigantic corruption going on in Mariupol, which the Russian army occupied with heavy fighting in spring 2022.”

He promised to provide additional information on the corruption, this time via the left-wing internet platform Rabkor, saying, “The year 2023, in my opinion, is in no way easier for the residents of Mariupol than what was happening in 2022, unfortunately.” This was reported by The Times of India.

According to Koffler, “scores of Russian journalists” have perished “in mysterious circumstances” after openly criticizing Putin or the Russian government.

“What we also know for a fact is that the socalled ‘wet affairs,’ a term used for targeted assassinations, is a tradecraft of Russian intelligence used to eliminate the opponents of the regime,” Koffler explained. “We also know that these operatives are extremely skilled at making their victim’s death look natural.”

“Whether Rybin was such a victim of a targeted assassination will likely remain a mystery,” she argued.

The mayor of Mariupol’s advisor, Petro Andriushchenko, attempted to connect Russian officials in the city with Rybin’s death by connecting it to his allegations of corruption.

Rybin’s demise came after the unexplained demise of top editor of the Kuban propaganda station Zoya Konovalova, who was discovered dead from what appeared to be poisoning.

The fact that Rybin’s bank cards and possessions were unaltered after his death was emphasized in reports of his passing. According to the Russian Federation’s Rostov Region Investigative Committee, there were no indications of a crime in the death.

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