This Article is From Feb 17, 2023

Vladimir Putin's Ally Marina Yankina Dies After Falling 16 Storeys

A high-ranking Russian defence official has died after falling from a window of a building in St Petersburg.

Vladimir Putin's Ally Marina Yankina Dies After Falling 16 Storeys

Marina Yankina was finance director of the Western Military District.

Marina Yankina, a high-ranking Russian defence official who headed the Russian Ministry of Defence's financial support department, is said to have died after falling 16 storeys in St Petersburg, according to The Independent.

The news source reported, citing sources in regional media, that Marina Yankina's body was discovered by a bystander on the pavement of a residential complex in St. Petersburg's Kalininsky area before 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning. The 58-year-old was a key figure in boosting funding efforts for Putin's war in Ukraine.

She was the finance director of the Western Military District, one of Russia's five geographical battalions, whose commander Mr Putin has changed several times since invading Ukraine last February.

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While some of her possessions were discovered in the 16-story building, it is thought that she did not reside there and that it was actually her husband's apartment, according to Metro News.

According to The Independent, the Western Military District confirmed one of its personnel had passed away but would not comment further, directing local media to the authorities in charge of the investigation.

Marina Yankina is the latest of many Russians to have plunged to their deaths during the war between Russia and Ukraine. Her 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, as per the news report.

Meanwhile, after stunning Ukrainian counter-attacks forced Russian invaders into humiliating retreat on several fronts in the second half of 2022, Moscow has rebounded with small but steady advances in eastern Ukraine as the war's first anniversary nears on February 24.