DC Police Investigate Death of International Businessman Criticizing Putin

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A businessman who had criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin died Sunday after police received a call about a jumper on a building in northwest Washington. Authorities said they do not suspect malicious intent.

Dan K. Rapoport, an international investment banker, was found outside an apartment building at 2400 M Street NW, according to a police report. According to the report, he had $2,620 in cash, a Florida driver’s license and a cracked cell phone.

He was pronounced dead in a hospital.

Due to his global ties and his strong views on Putin, Rapoport’s death has sparked international interest, although police have not alleged wrongdoing. His wife, Alyona Rapoport, said in a Facebook post: “I am devastated to share that my husband, Dan Kaplun Rapoport, passed away on Sunday, August 14. Our daughter and I ask that you respect our privacy while we going through a very difficult time and grieving.”

In a 2017 article, the New York Times quoted an aide to Russian opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny, who described Rapoport as a successful businessman in Moscow who invested in Soho Rooms, an exclusive nightclub in the city. The assistant said Rapoport had been a supporter of Navalny since 2010 and had recently moved from DC to Kiev, Ukraine.

Rapoport’s Facebook page shows that he expressed support for Ukraine and criticized Putin.

Rapoport’s company, Rapoport Capital, is based in DC, according to its website. The website described Rapport as “directly involved in deal flow worth more than $8 billion, including start-ups, private placements, IPOs, buybacks and other financial transactions.” The company was founded in 2012.

The Times reported in 2017 that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner had moved into a house previously owned by Rapoport, a native of Latvia.

Bill Browder, a businessman and an outspoken Putin critic, said on Twitter on Wednesday that Rapoport’s death was “deeply disturbing news.” He said Rapoport was “one of the first Moscow-based financiers I knew to publicly support” Navalny.

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