Longtime Russian politician Vladimir Sevastyanovich Stepanov dies at 95

As Russia slogs through its fourth month of fighting in its attempt to capture neighboring Ukraine, the country was forced to deal with the death of a well-known politician who passed away this week.

It was reported that Vladimir Sevastyanovich Stepanov, 95, passed away. Stepanov was a longtime servant of Mother Russia, having held a number of posts during his time in government, throughout some of the country’s most tumultuous time periods.

“The leadership of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, the Second European Department regretfully inform that on June 14, 2022 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Stepanov Vladimir Sevastyanovich passed away,” his Russian obituary stated.

It added: “V.S.Stepanov was born in 1927 in the village of Kovgora, Kondopozhsky District, Karelian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic.”

“In 1950 he graduated from MGIMO of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR, after his studies he was appointed director of the Center for Cultural and Educational Institutions under the Council of Ministers of the Karelian-Finnish USSR.”

The obituary described the late statesman as having “high professionalism, diligence and purposefulness, adherence to principles and perseverance, which were harmoniously combined with spiritual kindness and a warm attitude towards people.”

After having served in numerous parts of the massive Soviet and Russian government, Stepanov finally retired in 1989, taking up residence in Moscow.

His cause of death went unreported, though, given his age, natural causes are the most likely culprit.