Vladimir Pribylovsky

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Vladimir Valerianovich Pribylovsky
Native name Владимир Валерианович Прибыловский
Born (1956-03-06)6 March 1956
Moscow, Soviet Union
Died 13 January 2016(2016-01-13) (aged 59)
Moscow, Russia
Nationality Russian
Alma mater Moscow State University
Occupation journalism, political analysis, activism
Known for human rights activism

Vladimir Valerianovich Pribylovsky (Russian: Влади́мир Валериа́нович Прибыло́вский, 6 March 1956 – 13 January 2016) was a Russian political scientist[1], historian, journalist, human rights activist, and author of internet database Anticompromat.org on biographies of Russian politicians.[2] He also authored more than 40 books.[3]


Pribylovsky graduated from the Department of Medieval History of Moscow State University in 1981 specializing in Byzantine studies, and published several articles on early Byzantine history.[4][5] In the 1980s he was persecuted by Soviet authorities for spreading banned literature.

Since 1993 he was the president of the Panorama Information and Research Center think tank.[6] From November 2005 he operated the Russian-language website Anticompromat.org,[7] which is essentially a collection of biographies of Russian politicians compiled and partially written by Pribylovsky from a variety of published sources.[8] The site was included in the Federal List of Extremist Materials. On 31 March, after being shortly closed, the website moved to a Californian hosting.

Together with Yury Felshtinsky, Pribylovsky co-authored The Operation Successor, a book about Vladimir Putin's rise to power. Later versions were published as The Age of Assassins and Corporation.[9][10][11] According to reviews, the book describes KGB's system of corporate rule in Russia.[12]

His latest project was providing Russian language documents about corruption in Russia for international project "Kleptocracy Initiative", including documents on registration of cooperative Ozero.[13]

On 13 January 2016, Pribylovsky was found dead in his Moscow apartment.[14] His last book was "Around Putin".[15] It was published after his death.



  1. ^ Marcel H. Van Herpen. Putin's Wars: The Rise of Russia's New Imperialism, Rowman & Littlefield, 2015, ISBN 1442253592, page 116
  2. ^ The chronicler of modern Russia by RFE/RL (Russian)
  3. ^ Death of Vladimir Pribylovsky by Kommersant
  4. ^ "Biographical timeline". www.panorama.ru. Retrieved 2016-09-13. 
  5. ^ Pribylovsky, Vladimir (1986). "Tax reform under emperor Anastasius I". Византийский временник (in Russian). Институтом истории, Академии наук Союза Советских Социалистических Республик (46): 189–198. 
  6. ^ Man who knew everything by RFE/RL(Russian)
  7. ^ Not to be confused with the yellow Compromat.ru by Sergey Gorshkov.
  8. ^ По требованию представителей неизвестного госоргана закрыт сайт "Антикомпромат.ру" (in Russian). March 29, 2007. 
  9. ^ Gordievsky, Oleg (March 7, 2008). "The Age of Assassins: the Rise and Rise of Vladimir Putin by Yuri Felshtinsky and Vladimir Pribylovsky". The Times. London. 
  10. ^ Cowell, Alan (March 19, 2008). "The Age of Assassins: The Rise and Rise of Vladimir Putin". Archived from the original on September 30, 2010. Retrieved June 4, 2009. 
  11. ^ Smith, Sebastian (March 21, 2008). "Vladimir Putin and his corporate gangsters". The Daily Telegraph. 
  12. ^ The Age of Assassins: The Rise and Rise of Vladimir Putin by Vladimir Bukovsky
  13. ^ Pribylovsky and St. Petersburg of gangsters, by Anastasia Kirilenko
  14. ^ Oliphant, Roland (13 January 2016). "Putin critic found dead in apartment". The Daily Telegragh. London. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  15. ^ Around Putin: a closed system for insiders that no one leaves(Russian), Online version of the book

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