http://enews.fergananews.com/news.php?id=2219&mode=snews Alexander Shishkin, formerly an actor and journalist known mainly as Hitler’s double, has passed away in Tashkent on the 12th of March, 2012. Following an official farewell ceremony at the Botkin cemetery in Tashkent, he will be buried in a village of TashGres. Alexander Shishkin. Photo courtesy of Lenta.ru Alexander Shishkin passed away in a hospital where he spent the last three weeks of his life in the intensive care department following an unfortunate incident that had occurred on the 31st of December 2011, resulting in a broken arm and leg, his friends told Fergana. In February 2012, he gave an interview to Lenta.ru online news agency, and told about his uneasy destiny. Alexander Shishkin at the look-alikes’ convention. Photo courtesy of Lenta.ru Having no family and children, Alexander Shishkin used to hardly make ends meet on a pension equivalent of around $17 living alone in a half-decayed social housing at Nakkashlyk street. “Alexander was devoted to cinema. You may call him a freak, but he was a very likeable and good-humored person, who frequented all kinds of public and cultural events”, recalls Nikolay Chizhov, film director from Tashkent. Alexander Shisjkin and Rifat Gumerov. Photo by Fergana “He was truly famous in Tashkent and even in Russia as Hitler’s look-alike. Indeed, that was just a role he played. Inside, he was a very shy and honest man, grown up and educated in pure “Soviet” style”, says writer Rifat Gumerov, “and he has never done any harm to anyone. God bless his soul”.