On September 14, 2022, at the age of 69, Vladimir Sungorkin, editor-in-chief of Komsomolskaya Pravda, died of a stroke during a business trip to Primorye, the publication reported on Telegram.
The tragedy happened during another expedition to collect material for a book about the great pioneer of the Far East, Vladimir Arsenyev,”
Earlier, a source of the Zvezda TV channel in Komsomolskaya Pravda said that Sungorkin participated in a motor rally in Primorsky Krai.
The doctors of the district hospital could not save him.
Vladimir Nikolaevich Sungorkin was born on June 16, 1954 in Khabarovsk.
His father, Nikolai Filippovich Sungorkin, was a participant in the Great Patriotic War, midshipman of the Red Banner Amur Flotilla and co-author of books about it.
In 1976, Vladimir Sungorkin graduated from the Faculty of Journalism of the Far Eastern State University (now the Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok).
In 1976-1981 he worked as his own correspondent for the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper on the construction of the Baikal-Amur Mainline.
In 1981-1985 – own correspondent of the newspaper “Soviet Russia” in the Primorsky Territory and the Sakhalin Region.
In 1985 he returned to “Komsomolskaya Pravda”, took the position of deputy editor of the department of working youth.
Subsequently, he was elected a member of the editorial board and deputy editor-in-chief.
Also in the 1980s, he worked through the Central Committee of the Komsomol in Mozambique, where there was a civil war, and participated in the creation of Komsomol cells in the villages along the Limpopo River.
In 1992, Vladimir Sungorkin became the chief executive officer of JSC “Komsomolskaya Pravda”, in 1994 – Chairman of the Board of Shareholders of JSC “Komsomolskaya Pravda”.
In 1997, he was elected editor-in-chief of the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper and chairman of the board of directors of CJSC Komsomolskaya Pravda Publishing House.
Since 1998 he has been the chairman of the board of directors of CJSC Komsomolskaya Pravda, since 1999 he has been the editor-in-chief of the newspaper of the same name.
From 2002 until the end of his life, Vladimir Sungorkin was the general director, chief editor of the Komsomolskaya Pravda Publishing House Joint-Stock Company.
He was a member of the Presidium of the Union of Journalists of Moscow and the Executive Board of the World Organization of Newspaper Editors.
He was a member of the Council for awarding awards of the Russian government in the field of media, public councils under the Russian Emergencies Ministry and Roscosmos, the supervisory board of the Leaders of Russia competition of managers.
In 2008-2014 he was a member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation.
He was a co-owner of Savvateev Nursery LLC.
In April 2022, he was included in the EU sanctions list.
Honored Journalist of the Russian Federation (2018). He was awarded the Order of the Badge of Honor (1985) and Order of Merit for the Fatherland, IV degree (2014), as well as the South Ossetian Order of Friendship (2009). Awarded with the Honorary Diploma of the President of the Russian Federation (2019). Laureate of the Lenin Komsomol Prize (1986). He was the owner of two awards “Media Manager of Russia” in the nomination “Print Media” (2003) and “For the Social Responsibility of Media Business” (2015). Laureate of the Union of Journalists of Russia “Golden Pen of Russia” award in the category “Legend of Russian Journalism” (2021).
Author of the book of essays “The Path Along the Highway” (1984), co-author of the books “Taiga Report” (1984), “Towards the Time. From Baikal to Amur” (1985) and “Do you want to create a company?” (1989), compiler of the collection “Lights on Permafrost” (1988). He was the producer of the documentary “Ivan Moskvitin. Way to the Ocean” (2013, directed by Alexander Sveshnikov).