'Fake News'? James Clapper Notes "Curious Pattern" Of Deaths Among Russian Elites

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Earlier in the year, a number of non-mainstream media outlets noted the fact that an unusual number of high-ranking Russian diplomats were turning up dead. Mainstream media shunned the narrative as 'conspiracy' or 'fake news', which makes the fact that former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper pointing out to CNN that there is a "curious pattern" of deaths even more intriguing.

As we noted previously, seven 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.


7. The top official of Russia's space agency, 56-year-old Vladimir Evdokimov, was found dead in his prison cell (where he was being questioned on charges of embezzlement). Investigators found two stab wounds on Evdokimov's body, but no determination had been made of whether they were self-inflicted.

If we go back further than 3 months...

8. 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.


9. 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."


10. 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 ten Russian officials that have died over the past 2 years.

Many have questioned whether this rash of deaths was being undertaken by the deep state in retaliation for Putin's defiance... former acting director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Michael Morell openly conspired to “covertly” kill Russians and Iranians in Syria in an August 2016 interview with Charlie Rose. While Morell was talking about killing Russian and Iranian soldiers it is definitely a strange piece to add to this puzzle.

Are we witnessing a battle between the deep state and Russia in a spy versus spy plotline or is this all just a freak coincidence?

Well, as The Hill reports, James Clapper, speaking to host Jake Tapper Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union", is here to set things straight...

"Well, this obviously has been a curious pattern."


"We have had difficulty, though, in actually generating an evidentiary trail that could equate convincingly and compellingly in a court of law a direct connection between certain figures that have been eliminated who apparently ran afoul of Putin."

Aha... So that's the narrative - back to the "Putin is a killer" meme.

Clapper said it is an “interesting pattern. I will put it that way."


The wife of one of Putin’s most prominent critics, activist and journalist Vladimir Kara-Murza, said her husband had been poisoned again, after experiencing kidney failure and being put in a medically induced coma in February. She reportedly said the doctors diagnosed him with an “acute poisoning by an unidentified substance."

President Trump, during an interview in early February with then-Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly, defended Putin and objected to him being called "a killer."

“We have a lot of killers,” Trump said at the time. “You think our country is so innocent?”

Of course, Clapper was not done, he had plenty more to say on Trump...

"I think in many ways our institutions are under assault both externally -- and that's the big news here is the Russian interference in our election system -- and I think as well our institutions are under assault internally,"


"The founding fathers, in their genius, created a system of three co-equal branches of government and a built-in system of checks and balances," Clapper said. "I feel as though that is under assault and is eroding."

Presumably Clapper was upset at being the man Trump pointed to as clarifying the lack of evidence of a Trump-Russia collusion?

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Son of Captain Nemo's picture

And I bet you know PLENTY on that subject MOFO!

johngaltfla's picture

James Clapper: Weird pattern on death of Russian elites.

James Clapper on the death of Seth Rich, the alleged Wikileaks source:


Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Think of it as James Clapper being the "mail man" with another idle threat to the Russian Federation!

Four chan's picture

james clapper who spied on the opposition for obama using the cia hardware "the hammer" a

computer that can brute force passwords at 2 billion per second. that james clapper?

Stuck on Zero's picture

78 associates of the Clintons dead and no suspicion there.

SAE6065's picture

Dont bring up easy deaths caused by the Clinton Crime Family. Those people all took there own lives. Hillary is cleaner than hounds tooth. Dont go digging for trouble now, here.

fleur de lis's picture

Let hairball Clapper do something right for a change by investigating and solving the murder of Officer Terry Yeakey.

Even if it does implicate his Deep State buddies.




johngaltfla's picture

Boom. I crack the serious joke about nothing said about Seth Rich and what's the top story on Drudge now?

Yeah, Seth Rich appears to have been in touch with Wikileaks before his death.


Multi's picture

"The founding fathers, in their genius, created a system of three co-equal branches of government and a built-in system of checks and balances"

With all due respect, the founding fathers did NOT create the "three co-equal branches of government". Montesquieu (In The Spirit of the Laws, 1748) described the separation of political power among a legislature, an executive, and a judiciary.

If this comes from a former intelligence director, what to expect from the rest?

benb's picture

When is this lying asshole Clapper going to be arrested for sedition, treason, or both?

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

"Takes one to know one."???

"Maidan Cookie" for your thoughts!

veritas semper vinces's picture

I hope this POS dies a horrible,painful death

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

"I hope this POS dies a horrible,painful death"

v s

If we're going to get nuked... Let's hope the Russian Federation has a way to surgically remove ALL of the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area as "one last courtesy" THINK ABOUT IT before the rest of us get vaporized!

adampeart's picture

A discredited liar should keep his CLAP trap shut and be grateful his sorry ass isn't in jail for perjury.

Squid Viscous's picture

fuck you Clapper, you lying little troll

Catahoula's picture

Clapper the lying clown again

WTFUD's picture

Wish someone would bump off that Nikki Haley cunt.

GooseShtepping Moron's picture

I did. Her sister was better.

BarkingCat's picture

I hear the sailors referer to her as the clapper.

Yen Cross's picture

  Clap "ON", clap "OFF" ``` the Clapper.

cherry picker's picture

There seemed to be a curious pattern around HRC and Bubba too.  What are you doing about that?

Neochrome's picture

No irony lost on him complaining about institutions under assault while assaulting the POTUS...

YourAverageJoe's picture

Well sure he'd notice the pattern....he's the one directing the assassinations.

Davidduke2000's picture

this james clapper looks like SLOTH from the GOONIES.



gm_general's picture

What about the weird pattern of deaths of people connected to the Clintons, such as Seth Rich?

TeethVillage88s's picture

ARE U High?

Seth Rich was pardoned by Bill Clinton for Campaign Contribs & Lobbying... and don't omit his partner Pincus.



- Seth Rich
- Marc Rich
- Link of Patrimonial Name?
- I say there is a link

gm_general's picture

What are you babbling about? Seth Rich pardoned by Clinton? Nope. Seth Rich worked for the DNC as a voter database employee. And Marc Rich only has 3 daughters, and there are like 41K people named Rich.

thegekko's picture

Ok, so it's pick on the Clinton's day today from me.

What about the pattern of deaths of people around the Clinton's, which has been reported by the alternative media?



. . . _ _ _ . . .'s picture

That's all co-incidence, like 9/11 was.


atthelake's picture

I hope Vlad takes it out on those responsible rather than innocent American citizens. A bomb will kill a lot of innocents. Individual targets sends a message.

. . . _ _ _ . . .'s picture

This dick lied to congress about the NSA, said the greatest threat to US nat.sec. was AQAP (Al Qaeda Arabian Peninsula) before the war in Yemen, then he said it was Russia (Freudian'd a Soviet or two in there,) said 'company' instead of 'country' while refering to the USA, and went on to remind everybody that he no longer works for the gov't about a dozen times (methinks he doth repeat too much)... can you say lapdog?

What if the CIA is going around killing Russians?

Davidduke2000's picture

Clapper gives people the CLAP.

Duc888's picture



has Clapper ever looked into Arkencide?



TeethVillage88s's picture

I see a curious pattern of 'Mistrust' of

- US Intelligence Agencies...
- US Washington DC Politicians...
- US Congress...
- US Agencies of all kinds...
- US Centralization of Power & Control at the Federal Level...
- Federal Money Control over Education, Development with Transportation Funds, Law Enforcement Subsidies
- Contracts Linked to Federal Govt, HUD Contracts, Welfare Contracts, Ag Contracts

what did I miss?

Military Contracts, MIC Contracts, Veterans Admin Contracts...

NoWayJose's picture

If Clapper read ZH this would be old news!

boattrash's picture

You don't really think that cocksucker reads do ya?

More likely that he plays a mean "Dueling Banjos".

phaedrus1952's picture

Surprised the list did not include general Sergun, 58 year old head of GRU, who died 'unexpectedly' a year and a half ago. 

shimmy's picture

It is pretty fun at how big an idiocracy that banana republic has become. 

VWAndy's picture

  Clapper did it


 F Clapper

 9/11 like

 Lying POS

   I think we are all on the same page on this one.


Bavarian's picture

It's not a spy vs spy plotline until some Americans are found toes-up.  Evil Russia can't even muster a response to the string of deaths not to mention the airliners shot out of the sky. 

Blankone's picture

Exactly, and the manner in which he is openly taunting the Russians with this discussion of the killings shows a lack of fear. I doubt they would be so bold it they thought there was any chance of Putin growing a pair.

VWAndy's picture

 What I cant figure out is why Clapper never fell down the stairs. One would think with all them oaftakers around?

mc888's picture

"The founding fathers, in their genius, created a system of three co-equal branches of government and a built-in system of checks and balances," Clapper said. "I feel as though that is under assault and is eroding."

Translation: "I feel as though our total control of all branches via negation of checks and balances is under assault and eroding."


Robert Trip's picture

"And what can we get for you this evening Mr. Clapper?

"I'll have a large pepperoni and anchovy pizza and a 9 year old Somalian boy."


"Right on it Mr Clapper, enjoy."


"I will, thank you."

Joebloinvestor's picture

The institutions "under attack" I read about are suffering from a NSA created monster.

What do you have to say about that kinda shit being created Mr. Clapper?

Of course Microsoft was aboard from day 1.

engliss44's picture

Am I mistaken or does Mr. Clapper no longer work in the government? If that is the case, does he get paid to go to Congress and give false information?

rejected's picture

"The founding fathers, in their genius, created a system of three co-equal branches of government and a built-in system of checks and balances," Clapper said. "I feel as though that is under assault and is eroding."

He is a disgusting piece of filth,,, a sneak preview of the creatures slithering about in the Intelligence cesspools of Washington DC.