Vladimir Gabrielyan

Russian Social Media Exec. Gabrielyan Dies in Arctic Circle Accident

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MOSCOW (Public Radio of Armenia) — Vladimir Gabrielyan, the First Deputy Director General of Russian social media giant VK, died as a result of a tragic accident on June 7, RIA Novosti reported.

“This morning it became known that Vladimir Gabrielyan and Sergey Merzlyakov died as a result of a tragic accident. We mourn with family, friends and relatives,” the message said.

Gabrielyan and the company’s Procurement Director Sergey Merzlyakov went missing in the Nenets Autonomous Okrug as two Sherpa all-terrain vehicles heading along the coast of the White Sea to Cape Kanin Nos turned over while crossing the Bolshaya Bugryanitsa River, 47 kilometers from the village of Shoina and were dragged into the sea.

Alena Gabrielyan and Sergey Olsevich, who were in one of the all-terrain vehicles, got out, Vladimir Gabrielyan and Sergey Merzlyakov, who were in the second all-terrain vehicle, went missing.

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