Russian pop star who criticized Vladimir Putin found dead. He was 34

Dima Nova- the founder of a pop group whose song became an anthem during anti-war protests in Russia- died by drowning, Newsweek reported. He was 34 years old. Founder of the group Cream Soda, Dima Nova had also criticized Russian president Vladmir Putin’s alleged $1.3 billion mansion in the song.

The song- “Aqua Disco”- was often sung at protests against Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine and became so popular that the protests were then called “Aqua Disco Parties.”

Dima Nova fell through ice while crossing Russia’s Volga river in the Yaroslavl region, Russian news website People Talk reported. At the time of the accident, he was with his brother Roma and two friends, the report added.

Announcing Dima Nova’s passing away, the pop group Cream Soda shared a post on Instagram.

“We had a tragedy last night. Our Dima Nova, in the company of friends, was walking along the Volga and fell under the ice. The Ministry of Emergency Situations are still looking for his brother Roma and friend, Gosha Kiselev. Aristarchus, our friend who also fell under the ice, was caught, but could not be saved. As soon as we have information from the Ministry of Emergency Situations, we will inform you,” the group wrote.

The group also posted photos of Dima Nova and his friend Kiselev saying, “an official identification took place today at 9:00. Dima and Goshi are no more.”

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