Russian sports icon dead at 81

Alfred Grishin, a legendary Russian boxing coach who mentored several of the country’s top olympians, has died at 81.

Grishin becomes the latest in a line of Russian sports stars to pass away of late, adding to the country’s already well-documented misery.

According to, Grishin, a coach for the former Soviet Union, passed away Tuesday in Dimitrovgrad, a town roughly 450 miles east of Moscow.

The death was confirmed by the director of the region’s ministry of sports, Ramil Yegorov.

Grishin first became known as a boxing coach in the Siberian city of Omsk, where one of his students participated in the USSR boxing championship.

He founded a boxing school Dimitrovgrad in 1978 and was the director of the Dimitrovgrad Olympic Reserve Boxing School from 1992 to 2015. In 2003, the building was named after him.

“Grishin for many years was the senior boxing coach of the region, and led the Dimitrovgrad Olympic reserve boxing school, which was given his name,” Mosaica reported.

Grishin had been awarded numerous medals, including two “for merit to the fatherland.”

Grishin isn’t the only Russian sports icon to pass away recently, either.

Gold-medal cross-country skier Maria Gusakova and USSR national team soccer star Yuri Vasenin both died earlier in the month.

The deaths come as Russians face increased privations from Russian sanctions. In addition, there’s more evidence of mounting military casualties in Ukraine.

On Wednesday, the BBC reported that bodies of dead Russian troops were being found abandoned near Kyiv by Ukrainian forces after the unsuccessful attempt to invade the capital.

The first Russian soldier was convicted of war crimes in Ukraine this week in the first trial since the war began.

The 21-year-old tank commander, Sgt. Vadim Shishimarin, was sentenced to life behind bars for murdering a 62-year-old Ukrainian man, according to The Washington Post.

Eight more Russian troops have been accused of war crimes involving “torturing and killing civilians during the Russian occupation in the Kyiv.” Furthermore, Ukraine’s prosecutor general said 13,000 probes into war crimes are ongoing.