On 18 April 2017, the web site How Africa reported that a writer named Louri Michaelevitch, who purportedly claimed to be Russian President Vladimir Putin's lover, was found dead in an apartment in Zurich, Switzerland.
Writer, Louri Michaelevitch, a former personnal assistant of the Russian President, was found dead last monday in his swiss appartment after some of the neighbors complained about the smell emanating from the residence.
According to the city’s police departmnent, many clues collected on the site suggest that he might have been the victim of an elaborate murder plot [sic]...
...The victim had attracted a lot of attention from the Russian government and media in 2011 when he had written a book entitled “Я был любовник Путина” (“I was Putin’s Lover“), which was taken off the shelves before the official release, after a presidential decree. A warrant demanding the arrest of the author was also issued across Russia, leading him to file a demand of political asylum from the helvetic state.
The photo included in the How Africa article, purportedly of Michaelevitch, in fact appears to show Russian-American figure skater Peter Tchernyshev.
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