A man who previously criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin and was forced to seek exile in the US was found dead outside his apartment in DC by an apparent “suicide”.
Dan Rapoport was found dead on a sidewalk outside of his apartment in an upscale Washington DC neighborhood.
Police made the discovery after police received a call about a “jumper”.
Hours later Rapoport’s dog was found at a park with a note and some cash attached to it.
Authorities said they don't suspect foul play, but those close to Dan Rapoport are raising questions about his death, and are doubting that it was a suicide. | by @dianaglebova https://t.co/NEvAueI5Mr
— National Review (@NRO) August 19, 2022
The New York Post had more details to add:
A well-known businessman living in exile in the US after criticizing Russia’s Vladimir Putin was found dead outside his apartment building in an upscale neighborhood of Washington, DC, police said.
Dan Rapoport, 52, was discovered lying on the sidewalk outside 2400 Main St. apartments in the Georgetown neighborhood shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday, according to police.
Police said they made the grim discovery after responding to a call about a “jumper.”
No cause of death has been released, but police said, “At this time, we do not suspect foul play.”
News of his death was first reported by Yuniya Pugacheva, former editor of Russian Tatler, who claimed in a post on her Telegram channel that Rapoport died by suicide, and that his dog — a mixed-breed pup named Boy — was located in a nearby park, along with a suicide note and cash.
Very upsetting news. Exiled Putin critic Dan Rapoport has died by suicide in Washington DC at 52. He was one of the first Moscow based financiers I knew who publicly supported Alexei Navalny. RIP Dan https://t.co/eIsaC8T6d4
— Bill Browder (@Billbrowder) August 16, 2022
BREAKING NOW: Anti-Putin Latvian-American businessman Dan Rapoport, who SOLD HIS HOUSE TO THE TRUMPS 'dies in mysterious circumstances' in Washington DC – wife furiously DENIES he killed himself…
— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) August 17, 2022