A prominent Russian man named Vladimir died this week, but that man was not the reviled Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Rather, it was famed Russian volleyball player and coach Vladimir Kuzyutkin, according to the All-Russian Volleyball Federation’s website.
Kuzyutkin was 76-years-old at the time of his death, which came as a result of an unspecified “serious and prolonged illness.”
Honored volleyball coach has died
Kuzyutkin’s knowledge and skill in volleyball had led to him being nationally honored as the “Master of Sports of the USSR” as well as the “Honored Coach of Russia.”
He was described as a “well-known player” and a “true leader on the court” who had played for a variety of Russian teams before being a successful head coach in the sport.
As a coach, he led several Russian teams to victory over the years and even helped assist the national teams of Bulgaria and Turkey.
Kuzyutkin’s crowning achievement, though, was winning the gold medal at the 2010 World Championship with the Russian Women’s Volleyball team.
Putin gravely ill
As for Russian President Vladimir Putin, by all accounts, he is still alive, though there are legitimate questions as to how much longer that will be the case, according to a report last week from the New York Post.
An allegedly classified assessment from the U.S. intelligence community detailed the growing speculation that Putin is increasingly suffering from a terminal form of cancer.
That assessment of Putin’s allegedly declining health is based in part on observances of Putin’s appearance and behavior during occasions when he is visible to the public, as well as independent investigative reports out of Russia itself that have tracked the movement of high-level doctors in conjunction with Putin’s own movement around the country.
The only question is when
To be sure, while there is a consensus that Putin is sick, the assumptions about how little time he may have left are largely speculative, and the Russian government and state-run media have, predictably, dismissed or downplayed any and all reports questioning the president’s health.
Eventually, though, this particularly prominent Russian named Vladimir will die, and that death will be a shock to not just the nation of Russia but to all nations around the globe.