Anton Gubankov


Age: 51

Russian journalist and civil servant who served as the director of the Department of Culture in the Russian Ministry of Defence from 2013 until 2016 whose role popularized the term "Polite People", which became the new symbol of the Russian Armed Forces referring to the unmarked Russian soldiers who oversaw the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2013 in a largely bloddless operation.

Cause of Death: Airplane accident

Born: January 29, 1965

Died: December 25, 2016

Sochi, Russia