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Odisha government orders crime branch to conduct investigation of two Russians’ deaths

The Odisha government ordered a crime branch investigation on Tuesday into the mysterious deaths of Russian businessman and lawmaker Pavel Antov (65) and his friend Vladimir Bydanov (61) within days in Odisha’s Rayagada town.

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Bhubaneshwar: The Odisha government ordered a crime branch investigation on Tuesday into the mysterious deaths of Russian businessman and lawmaker Pavel Antov (65) and his friend Vladimir Bydanov (61) within days in Odisha’s Rayagada town.

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According to the British newspaper “Daily Mail,” Antov was a harsh critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. As per the report, he fell from the rooftop of a three-star hotel on Saturday; two days later, Bydanov died of a heart attack, which raised concern about the two successive Russian deaths in quick succession.

The Indian guide for the Russians, Jitendra Singh (38) of Delhi, said only that he and the hotel staff found Antov lying in a pool of blood on the ground floor. “Not a single person heard any noise or the falling of any heavy object,” he said. Odisha DGP Sunil Bansal said the investigation had been handed over to the crime branch, given the sensitivity of the case involving foreign nationals.

The deceased were part of a group of four Russians who were planning to learn about rural tribal lifestyles. They checked into two rooms at the hotel on December 21. “They landed in Bhubaneswar from Delhi on December 19, then went to Daringibadi, in Kandhamal district, the next day. “From Daringibadi, we checked into the hotel in Rayagada at 5.30 pm on December 21,” Singh said.

Pansasenko Natalia (44) and her husband, Turov Mikhail (64), and the two other Russians were staying on the first floor.

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Odisha DIG Rajesh Pandit said the last rites of the deceased took place as per the wishes of the next of kin of the deceased and after consultation with the Russian authorities following post-mortem examinations. “The post-mortem report is awaited,” he added.

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