Vladimir Pribylovsky

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 analyst, journalist, human rights activist, and author of internet database Anticompromat.org on biographies of Russian politicians.[1] He also authored more than 40 books.[2]


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.[3][4]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.[5] From November 2005 he operated the Russian-language website Anticompromat.org,[6] which is essentially a collection of biographies of Russian politicians compiled and partially written by Pribylovsky from a variety of published sources.[7] 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.[8][9][10]

His latest project was providing Russian language documents about corruption in Russia for international project "Kleptocracy Initiative", including documents on registration of cooperative Ozero.[11]

On 13 January 2016, Pribylovsky was found dead in his Moscow apartment.[12] According to preliminary reports, he died of a heart attack.[13]



  1. The chronicler of modern Russia by RFE/RL (Russian)
  2. Death of Vladimir Pribylovsky by Kommersant
  3. "Biographical timeline". www.panorama.ru. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  4. Pribylovsky, Vladimir (1986). "Tax reform under emperor Anastasius I". Византийский временник (in Russian). Институтом истории, Академии наук Союза Советских Социалистических Республик (46): 189–198.
  5. Russia's Own WikiLeaks Takes Off
  6. Not to be confused with the yellow Compromat.ru by Sergey Gorshkov.
  7. По требованию представителей неизвестного госоргана закрыт сайт "Антикомпромат.ру" (in Russian). March 29, 2007.
  8. 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.
  9. Cowell, Alan (March 19, 2008). "The Age of Assassins: The Rise and Rise of Vladimir Putin". Retrieved 2009-06-04.
  10. Smith, Sebastian (March 21, 2008). "Vladimir Putin and his corporate gangsters". The Daily Telegraph.
  11. Pribylovsky and St. Petersburg of gangsters, by Anastasia Kirilenko
  12. Oliphant, Roland (13 January 2016). "Putin critic found dead in apartment". The Daily Telegragh. London. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  13. "В Москве умер политолог и публицист Владимир Прибыловский". Радио Свобода. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
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