The highly efficient work of government assassinations
Some countries are especially proficient when it comes to government sponsored assassinations. Initiated for a variety of reasons, sometimes as retribution, sometimes to “set an example”, but typically because of what the target knows, assassinations come in the form of plane crashes, car crashes, gunshots, “assisted suicide”, close-and-personal beatings, even imaginative forms such as binary poisons where two doses are required and given weeks apart (the poison disintegrates and appears as a natural compound after causing a fatal heart attack in the victim). Governments are brutally efficient extinguishers of human life. And when it comes to government assassinations, nobody is more attuned to the job than Russia.
Are Russian government officials being assassinated and if so, by who?
An unusual number of highly suspicious Russian diplomat deaths began in late 2016. All but one of the victims died in foreign countries (two in the United States). Many were nearing retirement, and several appeared to have died of “natural causes”. All had ties to the United States and/or NATO and all died after Donald J. Trump became president of the United States.
Of course, in today’s litany of scandalous events, the victims could have died for a variety of reasons. Were they related to, involved in, or in possession of knowledge regarding the Russian-implicated Hillary Clinton email hack which doomed her presidential bid? Were they involved with the salacious Donald Trump hotel leak (i.e. the “Golden Showers tape”)? Or is Vladimir Putin simply cleaning house?
At this time, we can only guess the reason for their deaths, but eight diplomats dying in the four months immediately following Trumps’ ascension to the presidential throne is far beyond coincidence. Here are the diplomats that have died mysterious deaths in the four-months after Donald Trump became president.
The death of Sergei Krivov
The first known victim died mysteriously on the very day that Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. 63-year-old Sergei Krivov died on November 8, 2016. He was found dead next to the Russian Consulate on the Upper East Side in New York City. At first it was declared that he had “fallen to his death”. He had “blunt force trauma” to the head and thus, officials deduced that he had fallen from the roof of the consular building. In an unexplained turn of events, his cause of death was later changed to “natural causes”. When officials went to his listed home address, they found it was not a residence but rather, an office owned by the Smithsonian.
The death of Yves Chandelon
Yves was a Chief Auditor whose primary job was related to investigations into terrorism financing and money laundering – just the sort of position that would be involved in US/Russia subterfuge. He was found dead in his car near Andenne, Belgium on December 16, 2016. He was killed by a single gunshot wound to the head.
Initially his death was carefully hidden from the press but about a week later, someone leaked news of the death to the press. Officials quickly declared Chandelon had committed suicide. However, the gun was found in Chandelon’s right hand and Chandelon was left-handed. An avid gun owner, Chandelon had three registered guns – this gun was not one of them. Further complicating the matter, the location where he was found was more than 140 kilometers from his office and more than one hundred kilometers from his home. Officials have never determined why he was so far from home.
The death of Petr Polshikov
Petr Polshikov’s purpose within the Russian machine has never been determined. He had served in the Russian embassy in Bolivia and was believed to be a senior figure in the Latin America department of Russian Foreign Ministry. However, reports suggest he may have left the Foreign Ministry and was working for another, more mysterious branch of the Russian government.
Polshikov was found dead on December 19, 2016, in his apartment in Moscow’s Balaklavsky Prospekt. He died from a single bullet to the head. Oddly, two empty bullet shells were found near the body and the gun was discovered under a sink in the bathroom. His death came three days after Yves Chandelon was shot to death in his car.
The death of Andrei (Andrey) Karlov
Andrei Karlov first served as Russian Ambassador to North Korea before being reassigned as Ambassador to Turkey. He was gunned down by a special forces police officer in the capital city of Ankra on December 19, 2016 – the same day Petr Polshikov met his end. His attacker, Mert Atlintas, was killed 15 minutes later by security forces and thus, could not be questioned about the attack.
The death of Oleg Erovinkin
Oleg Erovinkin was a former KGB Chief and deputy head of personnel for the protection of state secrets. He was a key aid to Igor Sechin, former deputy prime minister and current head of Rosneft, a state-owned oil company that is poised to be the first Russian company to take over an America oil firm (Citgo).
Erovinkin had been described as a key liaison between Sechin and Russian President Vladimir Putin and is suspected of helping British spy Christopher Steele compile dossier materials on President Donald Trump. Erovinkin was found dead in a black Lexus on December 26, 2016, one week after the death of Andrei Karlov. Officials were unable to determine a cause of death.
The death of Andrey Malanin
Senior Russian diplomat and head of the consular section, Andrey Malanin, was actively involved in “Grexit”, the potential exit of Greece from the European Union. Greece’s exit from the EU would have positioned Russia as an important partner for Greece. Malanin was found dead in his Athens, Greece apartment on January 9, 2017. His cause of death was officially declared “natural causes” despite being in good health and only 54 years old.
The death of Alexander Kadakin
Alexander Kadakin was formerly the Russian Ambassador to Sweden and Turkey. A brilliant mind, he was fluent in Hindi, Urdu, Romanian, French, and English. His last job was working with Pakistan in a bid to increase Russian influence over Western influence in the area. He died on January 26, 2017, two weeks after Malanin. The official cause of death was ruled “heart attack” even though he had no prior health issues or heart conditions.
The death of Vitaly Churkin
Vitaly Churkin’s resume reads like a book. He was formerly the Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and foreign ambassador to both Canada and Belgium. He was the former USSR Directory of the Information Department (computer information services) and Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations. A stout defender of Russian foreign policy, he was often at odds with the United States and a strong critic of Western influence throughout the world.
Churkin “died suddenly in New York City” one day before his birthday. He became ill outside the Russian Embassy on East 67th Street around 9:30 AM on February 20, 2017. He was rushed to the New York Presbyterian Hospital where he died within hours. As with Malanin and Kadakin, his cause of death was ruled “heart attack”.
Days later, the body was reassigned, and the cause of death officially revised. Officials quietly revealed that Churkin’s “cause of death needed further study.” His official cause of death has never been released.
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