Russian Pop Singer Who Criticised President Vladimir Putin Found Dead: Report

New Delhi: Dima Nova, the founder of a Russian pop song group, whose song became an anthem during anti-war protests in Russia, died by drowning, Newsweek reported.

According to the report, 34-year-old Nova, the founder of pop song group Cream Soda, also criticised Russian president Vladimir Putin’s alleged $1.3 billion mansion in his song.

Announcing Dima Nova’s death, 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.

His pop song 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.”

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

It is to be noted, Nova’s song ‘Aqua Disco’ was often sung at protests against Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine and it became so popular that the protests were then called “Aqua Disco Parties.”

Dima Nova founded Cream Soda with Ilya Gadaev and they were later joined by singer Anna Romanovskaya. Newsweek reached out to them via Instagram and email respectively for comment.

They had a big hit in 2019 with their song ‘No More Parties’ and the following year their video for ‘Crying to Techno’ went viral.

Cream Soda also released a song called “Volga” in 2017 in which they sung about “going down” into the river where “I will drown.”