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Prominent Putin Critic Dies At 77i
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March 05, 2010
Russian activist Marina Salye, who had been a thorn in Vladimir Putin's side for nearly two decades, died of a heart attack on March 21 at the age of 77. Salye, a local lawmaker in St. Petersburg in the early 1990s, pushed for Putin's resignation as the city's deputy mayor after implicating him in a multimillion-dollar kickback scheme. She revived those allegations in 2000, backed up with material from her legislative investigation, just as Putin was assuming the Russian presidency. In this interview with RFE/RL in 2010, Salye revealed that she went into hiding in 2000 because she feared for her life.

Prominent Putin Critic Dies At 77

Published 5 March 2010

Russian activist Marina Salye, who had been a thorn in Vladimir Putin's side for nearly two decades, died of a heart attack on March 21 at the age of 77. Salye, a local lawmaker in St. Petersburg in the early 1990s, pushed for Putin's resignation as the city's deputy mayor after implicating him in a multimillion-dollar kickback scheme. She revived those allegations in 2000, backed up with material from her legislative investigation, just as Putin was assuming the Russian presidency. In this interview with RFE/RL in 2010, Salye revealed that she went into hiding in 2000 because she feared for her life.


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by: Khalid from: India
March 16, 2010 20:03
She is confused or has memory loss. There were not any licenses on food trade. It was chaos everywhere, including parliment and customs clearance. Who got a gun that was a leader including police, banks, government etc. Mafia was the biggest rule maker. At that time KGB stood aside and watched how society degraded.So, she is lieing.

by: May from: Boston
March 24, 2010 15:01
An interesting commentary on the controversy: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matvey-ganapolskiy/imagine-that-putin-might_b_498047.html