Alexei Devotchenko, Prominent Russian Actor and Opposition Activist, Reportedly Found Dead

Alexei Devotchenko - P 2014

Alexei Devotchenko - P 2014

Police, according to Interfax news agency, said the death was caused by a freak accident

Prominent Russian actor and opposition activist Alexei Devotchenko has been found dead in Moscow. A police spokesperson reportedly stated there are no signs of foul play.

The actor's body was discovered on Wednesday in a rented apartment on the outskirts of Moscow. "No signs of foul play have been discovered," a spokesperson for the state investigation committee was quoted as saying by the news agency Interfax.

The Interfax report also quoted an anonymous police source as saying that Devotchenko's death occurred as a result of a freak accident when he fell down in a state of alcohol intoxication.

Meanwhile, the online tabloid Lifenews reported that Devotchenko allegedly hit a glass furniture door in a fit of anger, cutting his hands, and eventually died of blood loss.

Devotchenko, a native of St. Petersburg, worked at several theaters in that city before joining the troupe of the Moscow Arts Theater in 2012.

He is also known for the crime television series Banditsky Peterburg (Criminal Petersburg) and Uboinaya Sila (Killing Force).

He was also known as an opposition activist. Three years ago, he publicly stripped himself of a state-awarded honorary title and refused to accept two state prizes out of protest against the Kremlin's policies. Earlier this year, he was among those Russian filmmakers who signed an address in support of Ukraine.

"I wouldn't want to believe that what happened has to do with his political opinions and statements," Devotchenko's friend, St. Petersburg parliament member Boris Vishnevsky, was quoted as saying by the news agency Rosbalt.