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Editor-in-chief of ‘Vladimir Putin’s favorite newspaper’ dies ‘suddenly’ during trip to Russian Far East

Vladimir Sungorkin, one of Vladimir Putin’s trusted men, has died at the age of 68. He was one of the public figures in Russia sanctioned by the European Commission.

Sungorkin, editor-in-chief of the pro-Kremlin tabloid Komsomolskaia Pravda and also an ally of President Vladimir Putin, suffered a stroke while on a business trip to Khabarovsk Territory in the Russian Far East. said a newspaper columnist for the state-run Interfax news agency, according to Newsweek.com.

Vladimir Sungorkin died. A stroke was suspected. He was on a business trip to the Khabarovsk Territory“, the columnist reacted.

“Honorary Journalist of the Russian Federation”

Komsomolskaia Pravda posted a statement on its Telegram account saying that Sungorkin “died suddenly” during a trip to “to collect material for a book about the great pioneer of the Far East, Vladimir Arseniev“.

The tabloid has been described as “Putin’s favorite newspaper”. It was founded in 1925 and was the official voice of the Central Committee of the Komsomol, or communist youth league.

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov issued a statement on Wednesday about Sungorkin’s death.

It is a great loss. Today is sad news, unfortunately Sungorkin passed away. I knew him very wellPeskov told reporters, adding that the Kremlin also expressed its condolences.

The president’s spokesman added that Putin would send a personal message to Sungorkin’s friends and family.

Sungorkin, born on June 16, 1954 in Khabarovsk, worked as the newspaper’s editor-in-chief and general director since 1997.

His career began at Komsomolskaia Pravda, which he joined as a transport reporter after graduating from university in 1976. In the 1980s, he also worked for the newspaper Sovetskaya Rossiya.

According to Interfax, Sungorkin was awarded the Order of Merit for the Fatherland, IV degree, in 2014. In 2018, he was awarded the title of “Honorary Journalist of the Russian Federation.”

EU, harsh characterization of Vladimir Sungorkin

In April, Vladimir Sungorkin was placed on the European Commission’s sanctions list after Putin launched his full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

The sanctions list described the journalist as “one of the main actors in foreign information manipulation activities and interference or propagandists who often speak out against Ukraine, creating disinformation and manipulating facts.”

The commission document added: “Vladimir Sungorkin disseminates and legitimizes the aggressive anti-Ukrainian and anti-Western propaganda of the Putin regime under the direct authority of the Kremlin in one of the most popular mass media in Russia. The newspaper Komsomolskaia Pravda has also been described by President Vladimir Putin as his favorite newspaper. Therefore, Vladimir Sungorkin is responsible for supporting actions and policies that undermine the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine“.

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