Vladimir Putin defence official Marina Yankina falls to her death in Moscow

Vladimir Putin's defense officer Marina Yankina falls from him
Image source: AP Marina Yankina, Vladimir Putin’s defense officer, died in a fall in Moscow

Marina Yankina, a high-ranking Russian defense official, died on Friday after falling from a building window. Yankina headed the Department of Financial Support of the Russian Ministry of Defense for the Eastern Military District.

After his fall he was found by a passer-by at the entrance of a house on Zamshina Street in Saint Petersburg. According to news reports, she was a key figure in the financing of Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine. The Russian Investigative Committee and the press service of the Western Military District ‘Fontanka’ have confirmed his death and opened an investigation into his mysterious fall, The DailyMail reported.

His personal belongings were found on the 16th floor of the building. Citing media outlet ‘Mash on Moika’, the news report said that Yankina called her ex-husband and informed him of what she intended to do.

Media outlet ‘Mash on Moika’ said, “She told him what she was going to do and where she would leave things – and also told him to call the police. Minutes after the call, she was found dead.” Prior to joining the Western Military Region, Yankina served in the Federal Tax Service and also served as deputy chairman of the Property Relations Committee of St. Petersburg.

She is believed to have been at the center of efforts to consolidate funding for the war launched by Russia on 24 February. Marina Yankina is the latest of many Russians to have killed themselves during the war between Russia and Ukraine. His death comes days after Major General Vladimir Makarov, a Russian general who was recently fired by Russian President Vladimir Putin, was found dead in a suspected suicide.

According to news reports, on 26 December, Russian Duma deputy Pavel Antonov died in India after falling from a hotel window. According to a report in DailyMail, former head of the Russian ground forces, Aleksey Maslov, died in hospital on December 25, while Aleksandr Buzakov, who served as the head of Russia’s ‘Admiralty Shipyard’ for a decade, died on December 24. passed away.

(with inputs from AP)

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