Putting to rest all gossip over how two Russian citizens, including MP Pavel Antov, held their last rites in Rayagada, Russian Ambassador to India Denis Alipov will hold last rites for two dead Said nothing bad was done above.
Antov, one of Russia’s richest lawmakers and an avid critic of President Vladimir Putin, died in mysterious circumstances two days after another citizen, Vladimir Videnov, died in a hotel in Rayagada. Their corpses were then entrusted to the flames.
However, controversy erupted over their final rites, which were allegedly hastily performed. The duo were reportedly cremated instead of being buried. The controversy over it had already begun.
Alipov, meanwhile, said he was satisfied with the investigation initiated by the Indian police, following Russian tradition. Bodies can be buried or set in flames.
In reply to MP Manish Tiwari’s tweet, Alipov wrote:
“On the other hand, Hercule Poirot lovers will find it helpful to know that cremation is as customary as burial in Russia. Laziness is the root of all evil,” he added.
At the same time, the Russian Consulate General in Kolkata tweeted: “The closest relatives of the deceased have clearly expressed their intention to cremate the bodies of Vladimir Vidanov and Pavel Antov and bring their bodies (ashes) to Russia.” said.
Amid the controversy surrounding the death of a Russian national, a photo of four Russian tourists, including Vladimir Videnov and Antov Pavel, in the background of the Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar has gone viral. It suggests that he had visited Bhubaneswar before going to Rayagada.
Meanwhile, a team of four from the Criminal Division and two members from the Forensic Institute arrived in Rayagada to investigate the case.
(Reported by Maudi Barik, Rayagada, OTV)