It seems like something out of James Bond movie - a former Russian spy (and his daughter) were poisoned
in London. It turns out it was done via a very lethal nerve gas, and British prime minister Theresa May is not having it
Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain expelled 23 Russian diplomats on Wednesday over the poisoning of a former Russian spy on British soil, raising tensions between the two countries to a level not seen since the heights of the Cold War. She vowed to crack down on Russian spies, corrupt elites and ill-gotten wealth in Britain.
Her statement to Parliament came after Moscow rejected a British deadline for Russia to explain itself over this monthâ€™s attack on the former spy, Sergei V. Skripal, and his daughter.
Tuesday night, another
Russian expat was found dead in his London home
. As of this writing, there is no official cause of death. The coincidences are certainly alarming.
What's crazy is how often the Russian government knocks off people they consider inconvenient. In 2012, the U.S. Congress passed the Magnitsky Act
in response to the murder of accountant Sergei Magnitsky (investigating government corruption) in a Russian prison. That act contained sanctions, which tRump is trying to roll back to help his best bud Putin.
So how often does this happen? A friend on Facebook (can't remember who she was, or I'd give credit. I was in a hurry when I copied this, and didn't note the author) compiled this list of dead Russians and Russian-adjacents.
These are already pretty well-known:
- November 8, 2016 (Trump's election day): Sergei Krivov. Russian head of security at the Russian consulate in NY. Plunged to his death from the roof of the consulate.
- December 26, 2016: Oleg Erovinkin. Russian FSB high official. Believed to have been a source for Christopher Steele on Trump dossier. Found dead in his car.
- February 20, 2017: Vitaly Churkin. Russian rep for UN. Dropped dead at work. Unknown causes.
- March 2, 2017 - Alex Oronov. This guy is Michael Cohen's brother's father in law. He was the guy that put together that "peace plan" with Cohen, Felix Sater (mobster with ties to Trump) and Ukrainian gov official/ mobster Andre Artemenko. We don't know how he died.
- August 23, 2017 - Mirgayas Shirinsky. Ambassador to Sudan. Drowned in his own pool
Here are a few lesser-known murders:
- May 2016: Matthew Puncher. UK investigator into Litvinenko's murder and a polonium expert. Stabbed to death in his London home.
- July 20, 2016: Pavel Sheremet. Journalist. Friend of assassinated opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. Putin critic. Car bomb.
- March 16, 2017: Yevgeny Khamaganov. Journalist. Putin critic. Beaten to death.
- March 23, 2017: Denis Voronenkov. Russian MP who escaped to Ukraine after being critical of Putin. Shot to death.
- March 31, 2017: Alexander Kharaberyush. Ukrainian intel chief. Putin critic. Car bomb.
- April 19, 2017: Nikolai Andrushchenko. Journalist. Putin critic. Beaten to death.
- June 5, 2017: Vladimir Shcherbakov. Russian expat in London. Russia had a corruption case against him, led by Litvinenko's alleged killer. He was found hanged by a fancy snakeskin belt.
- June 27, 2017: Yuriy Voznyi. Ukrainian military leader, Putin critic. Car bomb
- June 27, 2017: Maxim Shapoval. Ukrainian intel officer. Putin critic. Car bomb.
- October 24, 2017: Alexei Strogano. Russian opposition leader. Putin critic. beaten with a lead pipe.
- November 2, 2017: Serhiy Samarskiy. Russian council member who was openly critical of Putin. Found with a smashed in skull.
- November 8, 2017: Timofey Kurayev. Politician in Crimea investigating corruption (by Russians government officials). Found dead at home.
- January 28, 2018: Konstantin Sinitsin. Opposition leader. Putin critic. Beaten to death.
It's a dangerous gig to be a Russian who either knows too much or criticizes Putin. I expect this will continue as Meuller's web tightens. The corrupt self-serving Russian oligarchy wants to keep itself in power and in the rubles. Permanently silencing anyone who might hinder that is part of the process.