Recently dismissed by Vladimir Putin, the general was discovered dead in what appears to be a suicide.
On February 13, the morning, Major General Vladimir Makarov, 67, who was in charge of “combating extremism” in Russia, was discovered shot to death.
According to reports, he oversaw the pursuit and repression of the Russian president’s foes as well as of journalists deemed opposed to the Kremlin.
According to local accounts, Valentina Makarov was in a country house with her husband in the Golikovo town outside of Moscow at 7am when she heard a gunshot.
A Berkut-2M hunting rifle, according to some reports, was discovered nearby. According to some stories, a pistol was found.
Despite his wife calling for help and an ambulance, Makarov was declared dead by paramedics, according to sources.
According to the Moscow-based daily newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets, the Russian Investigative Committee was questioning the deceased general’s relatives.
According to the article, there were firearms maintained inside the home.
After Putin fired him, relatives claimed that he “did not know what to do.”
According to a source quoted by the VChK-OGPU Telegram channel, Makarov experienced “severe depression” after being dismissed.
He had previously served as the principal deputy director of the Interior Ministry’s Main Directorate for Combating Extremism, which also dealt with terrorism.
Makarov is not the first death of a former high-profile Russian to raise eyebrows, with dozens of Russian businessmen being found dead since the start of 2022 in unexplained circumstances.