The Moscow Times has reported that Igor Malashenko, the co-founder of a Russian television network and a political consultant, died in Spain on Monday at the age of 64. Some Russian media has claimed that his death was a suicide, but official sources have not confirmed such reports.
Malashenko co-founded NTV, an independent Russian television network. He then engineered the presidential victory of Boris Yeltsin in 1996 as a member of his campaign team, and next led other Russian media projects, including the RTVI online television channel. He headed another presidential campaign for Ksenia Sobchak in 2018.
“Igor Malashenko has killed himself. I can’t pull myself together,” Sobchak wrote on her Telegram channel.
“I’m grateful to him for our joint work on the presidential campaign. I saw him as a very proper and creative person. I’m proud he headed my campaign,” she continued.