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EXCLUSIVE: Anti-Putin businessman mocked Russia’s nuclear weapons, saying military ‘was getting weaker every day’ in podcast weeks before he died…
The anti-Putin businessman who died in Washington DC died weeks after he mocked Russia’s nuclear capabilities in a podcast interview, saying the Red Army was “getting weaker every day,” it could be said. DailyMail.com Reveal.
Dan Rapoport was found dead on August 14 outside a Washington DC apartment building after apparently falling from the roof. The 52-year-old was a Moscow businessman who had fled Russia and settled in Kiev before the war broke out. He was in DC without his wife and their young daughter when he died, and he had tried desperately to persuade them. Rapoport’s widow has repeatedly rejected the idea that he committed suicide, as did his friends.
Now DailyMail.com can reveal how Dan made fun of Putin’s nuclear capabilities in a podcast with Ukrainian interviewers on June 15, just eight weeks before he died. “We all see the poor state of Russian equipment and technology. I doubt anything can even fly out of Russia,” he said, discussing Russia’s nuclear weapons in an interview with journalist Olena Sharpanska. He added that Russia was getting “weaker every day” in the war against Ukraine. The comments are among many from Rapoport to Russia, but they are most specific about his military capabilities.
Around the same time he died, his beloved rescue dog, Boy, was reportedly wandering in a park with a note and money on his collar. Rapoport was also found with $2,000 in cash. He was wearing flip flops and a hat when he died.
In his interview with the Ukrainian podcast, he spoke excitedly about starting his new life with his wife and their young daughter. ‘I left Kiev in May. I have to take care of my family, so I went back to America. I spent the first two weeks in Florida, then I went to New York and now I’m in Washington.’ Later in the interview, he said he felt guilty after leaving his wife and daughter in Kiev. He said he planned to go back for them.
Friends and others are also doubtful about the cause of his death. “I think the circumstances of his death are extremely suspicious. Whenever someone who has a negative view of Putin’s regime dies suspiciously, one should rule out, not rule out, malicious intent,” Bill Browder, a financier who also lived in Moscow, said in an interview with Politico. He was a well-known critic of Putin in the West and an effective critic. He was also an open supporter of [the jailed opposition leader] Alexei Navalny. And he had all these connections in the elite of Washington, DC. The immediate response from the Washington, DC Police Department is, I think, a premature and futile conclusion,” he added.
The DC Metropolitan Police immediately ruled that no malicious intent was suspected in the case. Pictured: The eight-story apartment building from which Rapoport jumped to his death, according to police.
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