Prominent Russian female judge is found dead after falling from a high window in Moscow

Friday, June 7, 2024 
-Larina was a criminal judge for more than 15 years, and her death came months after she suddenly quit the Tagansky Court.

She had acted as a judge in various high-profile fraud cases.

 In 2015, she remanded in custody artist Pyotr Pavlensky who set fire to a door of the FSB building in Lubyanka Square in a political protest.

 Earlier she gave a judgement against the hardline National Bolsheviks. And in 2011, Larina sentenced Ministry of Transport official Vladimir Makarov, accused of sexually abusing his daughter.

Larina is not the only high-ranking Russian official whose death from falling out of a window has aroused suspicion since the start of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

In December 2023, Vladimir Egorov, 46 - the Tobolsk City Duma - dropped to his death from a third-floor window in the city.

He was a member of Vladimir Putin's ruling United Russia party, and his corpse was found in the yard of his house.

In June of that same year, the glamorous vice-president of a Russian bank reportedly plunged to her death after falling from the window of her Moscow apartment. 

Kristina Baikova, 28, allegedly fell from her 11th-floor apartment on Khodynsky Boulevard in the early hours. She died instantly at the scene. 

In February, a top Russian defence official was found dead after plunging 160ft from a tower block window. Marina Yankina, 58, was discovered by a passerby at the entrance of a house on Zamshina Street in St Petersburg.

 She is believed to have fallen from the 16th floor to her death. 

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