Putin’s favourite newspaper sees deputy editor-in-chief, 35, die suddenly

A favourite newspaper of Vladimir Putin has confirmed their deputy editor-in-chief has died of "heart failure" at just 35.

Anna Tsareva's body was discovered at her home in Moscow, with police now opening an investigation into the death, though "no signs of violent death" were found, a report confirmed.

Members of the force are now investigating the death of the Komsomolskaya Pravda journalist. Russian media reports allege she died of "acute heart failure" at her residence.

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Tsareva is believed to have been suffering from an acute respiratory viral infection, developing a high fever in her last few days.

Her body was discovered by her father, who was worried after his daughter had not made contact with members of the family since Sunday (December 10). Tsareva's body was found in her Bolshoy Tishinsky Lane apartment.

The deputy-in-chief had been heading up content on Putin's war in Ukraine and had been in post for six years. Some believe the death is suspicious, with the "heart failure" coming just over a year after her editor-in-chief's death of a "heart attack".

Vladimir Sungorkin, 68, is listed as one of many mysterious deaths to occur over the last few years in the Russian capital. Colleagues who witnessed the former director general of KP say he suffered a sudden suffocation.

Leonid Zakharov, a colleague of Sungorkin, says his boss was suggesting places for lunch when he was hit by breathing difficulties. He said: "Three minutes later, Vladimir began to suffocate. We took him out for fresh air, he was already unconscious… Nothing helped."

Sungorkin had previously been sanctioned by the West following the outbreak of war in Ukraine, with a commission accusing him of "disseminating and legitimising aggressive anti-Ukraine and anti-Western propaganda".

KP has previously been described as Putin's favourite paper, with a commission confirming: "The newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda has been described also by President Vladimir Putin as his favourite newspaper."

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