Another Senior Russian Official Has Died

Tyler Durden's picture

Since the day of Donald Trump's election, high-ranking Russian officials have been dropping like flies and today's reports that a top official of Russia's space agency has been found dead brings the total to eight.

As we noted previously, six Russian diplomats have died in the last 3 months - all but one died on foreign soil. Some were shot, while other causes of death are unknown. Note that a few deaths have been labeled "heart attacks" or "brief illnesses."

1. You probably remember Russia's Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov — he was assassinated by a police officer at a photo exhibit in Ankara on December 19.

 

2. On the same day, another diplomat, Peter Polshikov, was shot dead in his Moscow apartment. The gun was found under the bathroom sink but the circumstances of the death were under investigation. Polshikov served as a senior figure in the Latin American department of the Foreign Ministry.

 

3. Russia's Ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died in New York this past week. Churkin was rushed to the hospital from his office at Russia's UN mission. Initial reports said he suffered a heart attack, and the medical examiner is investigating the death, according to CBS.

 

4. Russia's Ambassador to India, Alexander Kadakin, died after a "brief illness January 27, which The Hindu said he had been suffering from for a few weeks.

 

5. Russian Consul in Athens, Greece, Andrei Malanin, was found dead in his apartment January 9. A Greek police official said there was "no evidence of a break-in." But Malanin lived on a heavily guarded street. The cause of death needed further investigation, per an AFP report. Malanin served during a time of easing relations between Greece and Russia when Greece was increasingly critiqued by the EU and NATO.

 

6. Ex-KGB chief Oleg Erovinkin, who was suspected of helping draft the Trump dossier, was found dead in the back of his car December 26, according to The Telegraph. Erovinkin also was an aide to former deputy prime minister Igor Sechin, who now heads up state-owned Rosneft.

If we go back further than 3 months...

7. On the morning of U.S. Election Day, Russian diplomat Sergei Krivov was found unconscious at the Russian Consulate in New York and died on the scene. Initial reports said Krivov fell from the roof and had blunt force injuries, but Russian officials said he died from a heart attack. BuzzFeed reports Krivov may have been a Consular Duty Commander, which would have put him in charge of preventing sabotage or espionage.

 

8. In November 2015, a senior adviser to Putin, Mikhail Lesin, who was also the founder of the media company RT, was found dead in a Washington hotel room according to the NYT. The Russian media said it was a "heart attack," but the medical examiner said it was "blunt force injuries."

 

9. If you go back a few months prior in September 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s driver was killed too in a freak car accident while driving the Russian President’s official black BMW  to add to the insanity.

If you include these three additional deaths that’s a total of nine Russian officials that have died over the past 2 years... until today...

As AP reports, a top official of Russia's space agency has been found dead in a prison where he was being held on charges of embezzlement.

A spokeswoman for Russia's Investigative Committee, Yulia Ivanova, told the state news agency RIA Novosti that the 11 other people in Vladimir Evdokimov's cell were being questioned.

 

Investigators found two stab wounds on Evdokimov's body, but no determination had been made of whether they were self-inflicted.

 

Evdokimov, 56, was the executive director for quality control at Roscosmos, the country's spaceflight and research agency.

 

He was jailed in December on charges of embezzling 200 million rubles ($3.1 million) from the MiG aerospace company.

So, while motive is unclear in all of these cases, that brings the total number of dead Russian officials in the past two years to ten. Probably nothing...

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tripletail's picture

The Russians did it. /s

Croesus's picture

Like those "Russian hackers" at Langley?

Manthong's picture

..darn Russians don’t seem to be very durable….

..especially when they are outside of RU.

 

Manthong's picture

to my RU friends..

that was a joke...

I believe you folks are particularly durable.

..like given the last 75 years and all.

IntercoursetheEU's picture

Well they should look at the bright side, if Hillary had won you could add afew zeros to the count

Pure Evil's picture

If he had moved to the US and opened his own foundation to skim money he's still be walking around today even after being caught.

FreddieX's picture

http://thesaker.is/are-russian-diplomats-being-assassinated/

Are Russian diplomats being assassinated?

Coincidences do happen and not everything is the result of a conspiracy.  In this case, there is exactly zero evidence of a plot by anybody to murder Russian diplomats and spreading rumors about that is unhelpful and distracting from the important issues.

The Saker

UPDATE: okay, I am not coming across, so let me try something different: call two authorities to my rescue.  First, Carl Sagan who used to say that “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence“.  In this case, the claim is absolutely extraordinary: the murder of a senior diplomat is basically an act of war.  As for the evidence, at this time of writing it is exactly ZERO.  Nothing.  Ziltch.  Nihil.  My next expert authority is William of Occam who wrote “Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem” which meaning can be roughly rendered as “the simplest explanation is the best”.  For example, while it is definitely *possible* that Russian diplomats have been murdered, it is far more likely that they simply died.  Of course, I cannot prove a negative.  But at this point in time I repeat that this line of speculation is based on absolutely nothing, that there is no evidence at all while the the claim is truly extraordinary.  To simple speculate on the basis of a statistically irrelevant sample and arrive far reaching hypotheses is simply not “analysis”.  At best, this is idle gossip.

Manthong's picture

Few people know about how Trotsky and Lenin were funded by NY bankers.

I hope my grandkids are taught that lesson.

Koba the Dread's picture

That would be up to you to teach them. Or were you planning to sit around with your thumb up your arse and give control to others?

Kotzbomber747's picture

So what's the definition of a "senior official?"

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

 

So what's the definition of a "senior official?"

It probably depends upon where you're at and who's reporting the story. In the US of A, home of the Free Press®, a senior official is an anonymous source, perhaps imaginary, whose credibility lies toward the lower end of that continuum.

Notice how it is done in Evil Communist Bloodthirsty Children-Hating Mean To Cats Dictatorland®. In order to confuse readers and brainwash them with their vile, treacherous state-sponsored propaganda, they identify their source by name.

A spokeswoman for Russia's Investigative Committee, Yulia Ivanova, told the state news agency RIA Novosti that the 11 other people in Vladimir Evdokimov's cell were being questioned.

This is part of their plan to portray Evdokimov as a corrupt embezzling government employee. Very soon, though, the truth will come out about Mr. Evdokimov. A team of American investigative reporters (the best in the world), after scrutinizing every detail of this story, will reveal that a State Department spokesperson said that Evdomikov was a political figure and a member of the Opposition Freedom Fighters® and, polling in the low single digits, was a threat to Putin's re-election. Additionally, they'll uncover that a "senior US official" leaked that the appearance of stab wounds is actually a tell-tale sign of a KGB assassination technique which uses tea laced with helium.

Sneaky Putin®, of course.

techies-r-us's picture

What these deaths means is, Trump is fully behind World War 3 against Russia.

http://biblicisminstitute.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/the-truth-about-the-c...

Mano-A-Mano's picture

Russia will bite Trump's balls off.

jeff montanye's picture

i see what you did there.

let's hope it doesn't come to that.  the dems and the zios are fighting trump tooth and nail, talking impeachment in the first days of the administration.  if he were down with (cold to room temp they hope) war with russia, they wouldn't be doing what they're doing, imo. 

911bodysnatchers322's picture

Yes, Trump is behind all this activity.  It makes sense that the intelligence community is underming everything he's trying to do by leaking left and right...but no YOU'RE right...they're actually secretly helping him off all these russian diplomats all over the world while defying him on the wiretap issue making him look like a moron, even though we know about ECHELON and FIveeyes and the fact that Hillary already tweeted she had knowledge of Flynns conversation when she would have had no means to have done so.

They aren't say, trying to cover their tracks by removing people that could whisleblow more about the other side's KNOWN activities

 

For example : ask yourself WHO ARE THE AWAN brothers?  Do you know?  Well google it if you care about what's really happening and then don't if you don't.  Dammit I can't leave it at that.   Here. I'll help you out

 

https://www.reddit.com/r/TruthLeaks/comments/5zvizh/who_are_the_awan_it_...

Relentless's picture

You're just jealous. All these dead Russian officials, and yet Hillary continues to walk and breathe... well, walk anyway. The undead don't breathe as such.

QuantumEasing's picture

Few people know most things.

NY Banksters funded Lenin, Trotsky, and Hitler.

"The Best Enemy Money Can Buy."

Anthony Sutton. Read it.

ThankUGartman's picture

In fact Senator Prescott Bush through UBS was found guilty of trading with the enemy in financing Hitler. Never did jail time. Yes Bush Sr father.

jeff montanye's picture

and his son helped kill a president, in all likelihood.  for a near certainty, his grandson oversaw the greatest treason and mass murder against the nation in its history.  and the alternatives we were offered were obama and the clintons.  

overachievers all.

EvilScientist's picture

But how would that be any different from the collusion of Ford, GM (through Opel) and the forerunner of IBM, all heavily involved with the Nazi Germany war economy (there were many others)?

A certain Henry Ford even got a medal for his cooperation and his fitting anti-sematic views (that at the time seemed to have been not that unusal in the US).

deja's picture

And that out of the seven members of the original Politburo, Trotsky, Zinoviev, Kamenev and Sokolnikov were jews.

earleflorida's picture

few people know that trotsky (bronstein) german jew (leader and head of the Red Army) was found in mexico city after starting his world wide communism diaspora was found with an ice`pick through his eyeball. linen expelled him from the ussr in 1920's

Yog Soggoth's picture

Stop calling them jews. They are Khazars!

jeff montanye's picture

and let bygones be bygones.  the really troublesome ones now are the likud/mossad zionists, whether sayanim or goy assets, that so vastly increase the power of the israeli clandestine services and the parties that are their fronts, chiefly the likud.

always remember there are many jews/khazars/ashkenazi that oppose them, in both the six millions: the u.s.'s and israel's.

one state solution.  make israel a democracy.  tear down that wall.

Anteater's picture

I did not ... have saker ... with that woman!

Monica the Jewess was a purely 'random event'.

Linda Tripp, her Mossad handler, was just a 'co-worker'.

 WJCs Executive signature on the Gramm-Leich-Bliley Soft Coup by The Chosen, just a coincidence!

See, everything in the world 'just happens'.

Two of the strongest skyscrapers collapsing during the MIC Hard Coup?

Well, those were pretty scary 'terrorists'!

WTC7 just falls down, destroying all IRS and SES records?

Yeah, that happens all the time!

Y2K backups of the IRS/SEC/Congressional records, in a NJ data warehouse, 'accidentally erased'?

Stuff like that happens to me all the time!!

Trump elected and puts Goldman and MIC in power?

That needs investigating!

jeff montanye's picture

imo that's mostly right.  but i don't see how clinton is pressured to sign the repeal of glass steagall by monica when the impeachment vote was in february and he signed in november (1999).

imo, with a clinton s/he doesn't have to be threatened to be corrupted.

 

Anteater's picture

I did not ... have saker ... with that woman!

Monica the Jewess was a purely 'random event'.

Linda Tripp, her Mossad handler, was just a 'co-worker'.

 WJCs Executive signature on the Gramm-Leich-Bliley Soft Coup by The Chosen, just a coincidence!

See, everything in the world 'just happens'.

Two of the strongest skyscrapers collapsing during the MIC Hard Coup?

Well, those were pretty scary 'terrorists'!

WTC7 just falls down, destroying all IRS and SES records?

Yeah, that happens all the time!

Y2K backups of the IRS/SEC/Congressional records, in a NJ data warehouse, 'accidentally erased'?

Stuff like that happens to me all the time!!

Trump elected and puts Goldman and MIC in power?

That needs investigating!

Lore's picture

I'm inclined to agree with the Saker: let's keep perspective. Late middle age is when a lot of executives who spent decades sitting behind a desk start to suffer from underlying health problems. That said, with so much [alleged] corruption and scandals brewing, how many officials have cause for concern? 

FreddieX's picture

Consider:
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/07/20127189355415804.html
"
Syria's defence minister and interior minister are among those killed after an explosion struck the National Security building in Damascus during a meeting of cabinet ministers and senior security officials, state media have reported.
"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/18_July_2012_Damascus_bombing

Victims
General Assef Shawkat – President Bashar al-Assad's brother-in-law and Deputy Defense Minister – confirmed dead.
General Dawoud Rajiha – Defense Minister – confirmed dead.
General Hasan Turkmani – Assistant to the Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa and former Defense Minister – confirmed dead.
General Hisham Ikhtiyar – Director of the National Security Bureau – confirmed dead.
General Maher al-Assad – President Bashar al-Assad's younger brother and the commander of the Republican Guard - wounded, reports of him losing a leg.[19][20]
Colonel Hafez Makhlouf – President Bashar al-Assad's cousin and head of investigations at the General Security Directorate – wounded
General Mohammad al-Shaar – Interior Minister – wounded
General Mohammed Saeed Bekheitan – Assistant National Secretary of the Ba'ath Party and former chief of the National Security Bureau - wounded

And what difference did it make ?

If "some" Russian officials are being killed, it is a reckless, provocative, ineffectual act.

Raynja's picture

At least 4 of the 10 were murdered, with the one in Turkey being assassinated on live video.  That's not idle gossip, that's conspiracy to murder a foreign diplomat.

You obviously know nothing about statistics if you believe that random chance is the simplest explanation for a cluster like this.

Also, 10 is not the sample size, all high level Russian government officials would be the sample size.  The hypothesis would seek to answer how many standard deviations away from the mean 10 deaths in 2 years is (this isn't proving a negative, it is determining if the events would fall within the normal distribution).

FreddieX's picture

Fair enough, but were the goals and what were the results ?

Elimate irreplaceable staff ?

Humiliate Russia ?

Provoke Russia ?

Scare Russia ?

Derail Russia's policies ?

If this was "State Policy", then it did not succeed.

As mentioned above, in describing another "slam dunk" act of terrorism: "What difference did it make ?"

deth's picture

The simplest explanation can convict on circumstantial evidence. Occam's Razor is edgy and dull; couldn't even cut an onion.

lil dirtball's picture

> ... it is far more likely that they simply died.

Even simpler yet is that nobody died and this is merely more propaganda that obviously follows a narrative (see prior seven dead). The story needs a bunch of dead Russian diplomats for some reason - we'll prolly see why sooner or later.

~

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"You live in a theme park." - Joe Walsh

y3maxx's picture

-imo...it all points to the Mossad.

jeff montanye's picture

if there is a state actor other than russia involved, they get my vote.

wildbad's picture

mann that next guy is the bees knees

wildbad's picture

this Roulette thing has just got to stop!

BigJim's picture

Some of these guys were obviously murdered. So yes, that is - by definition - suspicious.

However, many of the remainder were rather portly, late middle-age men who'd led lives of desk jockeying.... not a demographic with a high likelihood of longevity, even if they hadn't come from a culture famous for heavy meals and even heavier drinking.

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eatthebanksters's picture

Hillary and Barry are plugging the leaks.

Giant Meteor's picture

Does this have anything to do with "Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal"?

Perhaps punishment for backing the wrong horse ..

Just spit balling here ...

Manthong's picture

maybe Sessions needs to clean house a bit before he can get on with the job of killing alligators and swamp draining.

I hope so.