Former high-ranking Russian official dead at 72

The website NewsUnrolled has reported that a former high-ranking Russian government official died last week.

Fatih Sibagatullin, who once served as state Duma deputy in the Russian region of Tatarstan, is said to have passed away on Friday at the age of 72.

A “true patriot”

Rustem Minnikhanov serves as Tatarstan’s president, and his office put out a statement regarding Sibagatullin’s death.

It said praised Sibagatullin for being “a brilliant personality” as well as “a true patriot who sincerely loved his homeland.”

The statement went on to add that Sibagatullin’s passing represented “a great loss” for his friends and family along with the region as a whole.

According to NewsUnrolled, Sibagatullin had a long career in the Soviet Communist Party and continued to serve in government after the Soviet Union’s dissolution before retiring last year.

“Overwhelming advantage”

This is hardly the first time that Russia has made headlines in recent months, as the country has received significant attention over its invasion of neighboring Ukraine.

Last week, retired Army Lt. Col. Daniel Davis told Fox News host Jesse Watters that Russia possesses an “overwhelming” advantage in the war despite Western sanctions and stiff Ukrainian resistance.

“I don’t even think it’s a long shot,” he said. “I think when you look at the military fundamentals, just what has historically always been the difference between winning and losing, and when you look at the balance of power, especially the forces on the ground, they are overwhelmingly in favor of Russia.”

Davis argued that “there is no rational basis upon which to hope that the war can turn around” for Ukraine given how the Russians are “methodically moving through and destroying the Ukrainian armed forces in the Donbas.”

He went on to suggest that American support for continued fighting “comes at a profound cost” to the people of Ukraine and is something that should be reconsidered.

“And I just don’t think that’s a good play and it’s not going to work out well for the United States,” Davis concluded.

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