Support The Moscow Times!

Producer of Russian Singer Vitas in Suicide Attempt

Sergey Pudovkin, the producer of Russian singer Vitas, was admitted to Sklifosovsky emergency hospital on Tuesday with minor injuries following a suicide attempt, according to a police source.

At 3:41 a.m. Tuesday an ambulance crew responded to a call from the occupant of 16 Shmitovsky Proezd, where they found Pudovkin in a state of severe stress. The doctors administered medical assistance to the producer in his home before leaving, Interfax reported.

Soon, medical personnel were called out to the same address for a second time and discovered that Pudovkin had slit his wrists.

The Interior Ministry confirmed that the incident had taken place, but did not confirm the man's identity.

However, it was later confirmed by law enformcement authorities that Sergey Pudovkin was the man in question, Rossiiskaya Gazeta reported.

The incident may be related to the criminal case lodged against Vitaly Grachev, known by his stage name Vitas, on charges of violent conduct against authorities, Interfax reported.

On May 10, Vitas, known for his five-octave vocal range, hit a cyclist with his car outside the All-Russia Exhibition Center in the northeast of Moscow and then allegedly threatened her with a dummy Makarov pistol, the report said.

He also allegedly refused to take a breathalyzer test when the police arrived and used threatening behaviour. His lawyer, Sergei Zhorin, claims that Vitas was not under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident.

Related articles:

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

The Moscow Times’ team of journalists has been first with the big stories on the coronavirus crisis in Russia since day one. Our exclusives and on-the-ground reporting are being read and shared by many high-profile journalists.

We wouldn’t be able to produce this crucial journalism without the support of our loyal readers. Please consider making a donation to The Moscow Times to help us continue covering this historic time in the world’s largest country.