"My mission was to encourage the opposition movement, to let people know they are not alone in this"
His 'code name' could be mistaken for the name of a rifle: P183. The covert graffiti artist, often referred to as "the Russian Banksy", has died.
Pavel won recognition as the creator of provocative art works scattered across Moscow
The details and conditions of the "Russian Banksy's" death will not be released, the production company Pavel worked for, said in the statement.
Preliminary theories, however, rapidly spread online with people saying that the graffiti artist hanged himself. At the same time the media, referring to street art group "310" said he was poisoned.
Not much known about the artist who preferred not to disclose his name and signed his works like P183, besides his name – Pavel Pukhov - and age 29.
P183 went international after several British, American and French dailies published photographs of his works, saying his 'guerilla' tactics of painting street murals were similar to those used by iconic British nonconformist Banksy.
However, P183 didn't take the comparison as a compliment, noting he had been shaping his signature style for the past 14 years.
The mysterious figure, allegedly in his late 20s, preferred to cover his tracks and hide his face with a black balaclava to remain anonymous.
A can of spray paint never failed him, helping the up-and-coming artist share his ideas with those who kept their eyes wide open.
"Put simply, I want to teach people in this country to tell lies from the truth and to tell bad from good"
he said in an interview with Russia Today television, wearing a black ski mask that covered most of his face.
"This is what our people still cannot do"
Despite all that, he said he did not consider himself a political artist and hated politics just as much as he hated advertising.
"With my work, I want to communicate certain ideas to people."
The artist has claimed to have had many professions since graduating from a university, working as a computer expert, photographer, cameraman, film director and even child psychiatrist.
He scoffed at comparisons to Banksy, saying they belittled his own style.
"Like poets who put their thoughts and reflections onto paper, I want mine to be heard."
"What is culture? Culture - a system of prohibitions"
"If I die tomorrow, I can at least feel that I have left something real behind."