Suspicious deaths and murders of 38 leaders in Moscow since 2014, sent a chilling message to Russian dissidents and journalists. Many believe that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin was responsible for all of them.
The Russians have become quite creative when it comes to disposing of people who have found their way onto a hit list. USA TODAY reported:
‘Twelve were shot, stabbed or beaten to death. Six were blown up. Ten died allegedly of natural causes. One died of mysterious head injuries, one reportedly slipped and hit his head in a public bath, one was hanged in his jail cell, and one died after drinking coffee. The cause of six deaths was reported as unknown.’
The Russian ambassador to the UN [United Nations] keeled over at work. A media executive from Russia died inexplicably in his Washington, DC hotel room.
USA TODAY and a British journalist with expertise on Russia, Sarah Hurst, compiled a list of those unexplained deaths. They discovered 10 critics of Putin, seven diplomats, six associates of Kremlin power brokers, and 13 military or political leaders involved in Eastern Ukraine. Two were likely connected to the Trump-Russia dossier put together by a British spy.
Trump continued to speak highly of Putin throughout the campaign and his presidency. In March of 2016, he called the Russian dictator a “strong leader.” USA TODAY reported that the year before, he said: “I’d get along great with [Putin].”
When Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly called Putin a killer in February, Trump flipantly responded:
‘There are a lot of killers. Do you think our country is so innocent?’
BBC News reported in February that the Russian political activist Vladimir Kara-Murza believed Putin poisoned him – twice. Each time, he ended up in a coma with little chance of survival. He told USA TODAY:
‘We’ve seen political opposition leaders and activists, whistle-blowers, anti-corruption campaigners and independent journalists lose their lives in one way or another. Sometimes these are suspicious suicides and plane crashes, really rare and horrible diseases. In many others they are straight murders.’
Kara-Murza believed Putin had the activist’s friend former deputy Prime Minister and Putin opponent, Boris Nemtsov, gunned down in Moscow in 2015. Kara-Murza also worked with Russian anti-corruption lawyer and political candidate Alexei Navalny.
After Navalny was released from jail for leading unsanctioned protests against Putin, thugs attacked the politician with chemicals, and he suffered an eye injury. Navalny had also produced a documentary about Russian government corruption.
Donald Trump has clearly derided the press. At least, he has not knocked them off.
To read the entire USA TODAY article, click on this link. You can also check out this video of Kara-Murza below:
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