A former KGB general allegedly linked to a former MI6 spy’s dossier on Donald Trump has been found dead in his car in Moscow. General Oleg Erovinkin continued with the KGB as it mutated into the FSB. Yet, the Kremlin may well have ordered his murder and covered it up, according to MSN News.
Former MI6 spy, London-based Christopher Steele authored a dossier of raw data allegedly connecting Donald Trump to the Russian government on July 19, 2016. When reporters uncovered the former spy’s identity, he went to ground and has not been seen since.
Erovinkn was the top aide to former deputy prime minister and head of the state-owned oil company Igor Sechin. As such, he was a primary liaison between Sechin and Putin. The dead man’s name appeared to be linked to the dossier on Trump.
The report stated Erovinkin had a source close to Sechin, and that source had revealed alleged links between Moscow and Trump supporters. MSN reported that a Russian state news agency RIA Novosti reported that Erovinkin’s body had been:
‘Found in a black Lexus…[and] a large-scale investigation has been commenced in the area. Erovinkin’s body was sent to the FSB morgue.’
The FSB investigated the death and claimed Erovinkin died of a heart attack. Expert in Russian-related security threats Christo Grozev believes Erovinkin was Steele’s key source. Both private and public sources say Erovinkin was Sechin’s closest colleague. MSN reported that Grozev wrote on a blog:
‘Insiders have described Erovinkin to me alternately as “Sechin’s treasurer” and “the go-between between Putin and Sechin”…One thing that everyone seems to agree – both in public and private sources – is that Erovinkin was Sechin’s closest associate.
Grozev is a member of Bulgarian think tank Risk Management Lab. He said:
‘I have no doubt that at the time Erovinkin died, Mr Putin had Mr Steele’s Trump dossier on his desk. He would – arguably – have known whether the alleged… story is based on fact or fiction.
‘Whichever is true, he would have had a motive to seek – and find the mole… He would have had to conclude that Erovinkin was at least a person of interest.’
However, some experts are skeptical about Grosnev’s theory. Expert on Russian security services Mark Galeotti said:
‘As a rule, people like Gen Yerovinkin don’t tend to die in airport thriller murders.’
Trump’s good buddy, Vladimir Putin, was a lieutenant colonel in the KGB before he became the head of the FSB, then president of Russia.
Erovinkin is not the only person linked to Putin’s government who died violently or under mysterious circumstances, according to The Business Insider. This is not the first time the FSB has disappeared people. These include outspoken pro-democracy Kremlin critic Duma Deputy Galina Starovoitova, killed in St. Petersburg.
The former Russian press minister and founder of Russia Today television [RT] Mikhail Lesin died in his Washington, D.C. hotel room in 2015. He was reportedly working with the FBI.
Former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko died three weeks after drinking a cup of tea laced with toxic polonium-210 at a London hotel. A British investigation discovered two FSB agents “probably approved by Mr Patrushev and also by President Putin” killed the man. Litvnenko accused Putin of ordering journalist Anna Politkovskaya’s death.
Politkovskaya also wrote a book Putin’s Russia, which accused Putin of transforming Russia into a police state, according to Business Insider. Contract killers shot her in the elevator to her apartment. “A person unknown” paid $150,000 for the contract killing.
Another journalist who occasionally worked with Politkovskaya, Natalia Estemirova investigated human rights abuses in Chechnya. The killer(s) kidnapped her from outside her home and shot her in the head.
Human-rights attorney Stanislav Markelov worked for Politkovskaya and other journalists who criticized Putin. A masked gunman shot him near the Kremlin. He had been walking with journalist Anastasia Baburova, and she was also shot. Both died.
Former deputy prime minister of Russian president Boris Yeltsin, Boris Nemtsov, accused Putin of taking money from oligarchs [rich business leaders with political influence.] Murderer(s) shot him four times in the back near the Kremlin.
Russian oligarch exiled to Britain Boris Berezovsky threatened Putin. After British police investigated several alleged assassination attempts on him, they found him dead of an “apparent suicide,” but the verdict is officially still open.
Chief editor of the Russia’s edition of Forbes magazine Paul Klebnikov wrote about “corruption and dug into the lives of wealthy Russians,” according to Business Insider. Contract killers shot him in a drive-by shooting.
Russian politician Sergei Yushenkov tried to link the Russian government to an apartment block bombing, the Business Insider wrote:
‘He was killed in an assassination by a single shot to the chest just hours after his political organisation, Liberal Russia, had been recognised by the Justice Ministry as a party.’
The question becomes: Why would Donald Trump admire Vladimir Putin?
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