Welcome to the introductory installment of the “Trump/Russia Follow the Dead Russians (and a Couple of Americans) series.
This initial article will use a timeline of known deaths (and one near death) of both Russians and Americans that recently occurred. Future articles in the series will explore if there are any links to the demise of these men to the Trump/Russia saga.
This series is dedicated to former FBI agent Clint Watts. During a Senate hearing, Watts matter of factly stated, “Follow the trail of dead Russians.” Watts then added, “There have been more dead Russians…tied to this investigation. They are dropping dead, even in Western countries.”
Follow the Dead Russians (and a couple of Americans) Timeline
Nov. 8, 2016: Sergei Krivov 63, New York City.
Who he was: Sergie Krivov was the Russian Consulate General Deputy Commander. According to other public Russian-language descriptions of the duty commander position, Krivov would have been in charge of, among other things, “prevention of sabotage” and suppression of “attempts of secret intrusion” into the consulate. In other words, it was Krivov’s job to make sure US intelligence agencies didn’t have ears in the building. The duty commander would also have had access to the consulate’s crypto-card — the top secret code breaker used to encrypt and decrypt messages transmitted between the consulate and other Russian channels.
Circumstances of Death: Shortly after the polls opened for the 2016 election, Mr. Krivov was found unconscious inside the Russia office in New York City. First reports indicated he had fallen from the roof and was discovered “with an unknown trauma to the head.” Later claims state that Mr. Krivov died of a heart attack and his autopsy ruled that Mr. Krivov likely died from a bleeding tumor around his chest.
Dec. 19, 2016: Petr Polishikov, 56, Moscow, Russia.
Who he was: Mr. Polishikov was a chief Russian Foreign Ministry official.
Circumstances of Death: Mr. Petr Polshikov was found murdered in his bed. He was discovered with a pillow placed over his face that concealed a fatal gunshot wound to his head.
Also on Dec. 19, 2016: Andrey Karlov, 62, Ankara, Turkey.
Who he was: Mr. Karlov was the Russian Ambassador to Turkey.
Circumstances of Death: Mr. Karlov, was publicly executed by gunfire at point-blank range. During the murder, the gunman shouted, “Do not forget Syria.” The shooter was also killed and identified as Mevlüt Mert Alt?nta?to, an off-duty Turkish police officer.
Dec. 26, 2016: Oleg Erovinkin, Moscow, Russia.
Who he was: Mr. Erovinkin was a former FSB (Russian Intelligence) General. He was he was also a close associate of both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Igor Sechin. Mr. Sechin is the President of the state-owned mega-oil company Rosneft.
Circumstances of Death: No official cause has been reported for Mr. Oleg Erovinkin’s death. Reports of his death greatly vary from claims that he died from a gun shot wound to the head or died from a heart attack.
Jan. 9, 2017: Andrey Malanin, 55, Russia embassy in Athens, Greece.
Who he was: Andrey Malanin was the head of the consular section in Russia’s embassy in Athens, Greece.
Circumstances of Death: Mr. Andrey Malanin’s colleagues contacted the authorities after several days of his work absence. Upon arrival to check on Mr. Malanin, the authorities discovered his corpse on his bedroom floor. Initial reports claim his sudden death was natural but an investigation is still underway.
Jan. 26, 2017: Alexander Kadakin, 67, New Delhi, India.
Who he was: Alexander Kadakin was the Russian ambassador to India.
Circumstances of Death: Mr. Alexander Kadakin died after a short illness. The Russian embassy in New Delhi claimed there was nothing “special or extraordinary” about the circumstances of Mr. Kadakin’s death.
Feb. 20, 2017: Vitaly Churkin, 64, United Nations office, NY.
Who he was: Vitaly Churkin was Russia’s ambassador to the UN.
Circumstances of Death: Mr. Churkin dies from an apparent heart attack in his UN office.
Feb. 27, 2017: Viktor Parshutkin, 57, Moscow, Russia.
Who he was: A well-known Russian lawyer that had successfully fought false charges by the Russian government against a Ukrainian political prisoner.
Circumstances of Death: Mr. Parshutkin died suddenly of unknown causes.
Mar. 2, 2017: Alex Oronov, 69, New York.
Who he was: Mr. Alex Oronov was a Ukrainian-born US citizen. Mr. Oronov made millions in the agriculture industry. It has been reported, Mr. Oronov arranged a secret meeting between Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen and Russian officials on a “peace plan.” This plan is would give Russia control over Crimea.
Circumstances of Death: His cause of death remains unknown.
Mar. 16, 2017: Yevgeny Khamaganov, 35, Ulan-Ude, Russia.
Who he was: Mr. Yevgeny Khamaganov was a journalist known for his criticism of the Russian government.
Circumstances of Death: Various reports have emerged on the cause of Mr. Khamaganov’s death ranging from diabetes to being beaten to death.
Mar. 21, 2017: Nikolai Gorokhov, 53, Moscow, Russia.
Who he is: Mr. Nikolai Gorokhov is an anti-corruption lawyer that had represented Mr. Sergei Magnitsky. Mr. Magnitsky was a Russian lawyer that exposed the largest tax fraud in Russia’s history. Later, Mr. Magnitsky was imprisoned and beaten to death in a Moscow detention center. Mr. Gorokhov continued to advance Mr. Magnitsky’s anti-corruption campaign. Unlike others on this list, Mr. Nikolai Gorokhov survived but sustained “severe head injuries.”
Circumstances of Near Death: Mr. Nikolai Gorokhov allegedly “fell” from the fourth floor of his apartment building. Unlike others on this list, Mr. Nikolai Gorokhov survived but sustained “severe head injuries.”
Mar. 23, 2017: Denis Voronenkov, 45, Kiev, Ukraine.
Who he was: Denis Voronenkov left Russia in October of 2016. He moved to the Ukraine and was aiding the Ukrainian government’s fight against Russia. Mr. Voronenkov had testified against ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on charges that included treason.
Circumstances of Death: Mr. Voronenkov was gunned down outside of his hotel in Kiev.
Apr. 4, 2017: Vadim Tyulpanov, 52, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Who he was: Mr. Vadim Tyulpanov was a Russian Senator and had been in charge of supervising Russia’s World Cup arrangements.
Circumstances of Death: A day after the St. Petersburg metro bombing, Mr. Tyulpanov dies because he slipped in the bathhouse and bumped his head.
May 14, 2017: Peter W. Smith, 81, Rochester, Minnesota.
Who he was: Mr. Peter W. Smith was a long-time GOP operative with close connections to Newt Gingrich. Mr. Smith had recently shared his account of his attempts to acquire over 30,000 emails from Hillary Clinton. Mr. Smith believed these emails had been stolen and obtained by Russian hackers. So, Mr. Smith assembled a team of experts to locate the emails. Furthermore, Smith claimed that his team was connected with Mike Flynn, Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, and others. He had also claimed to have been contacted over the Deep Web by someone claiming to have Clinton’s emails.
Circumstances of Death: Ten-days after revealing his story to a Wall Street Journal reporter, Peter W. Smith was found dead with a bag over his head that was attached to a helium source. Smith also left a note, which claims “NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER” and that his suicide was due to a “RECENT BAD TURN IN HEALTH SINCE JANUARY, 2017” and associated “TO LIFE INSURANCE OF $5 MILLION EXPIRING.”
Also on May 14, 2017: Scott Christianson, 69, Great Barrington, Mass.
Who he was: Mr. Scott Christianson was an author and investigative journalist. Mr. Christianson began his career at the Bethlehem Star and the Knickerbocker News. His work from 1969 to 1972 led to his nomination for a Pulitzer Prize, and he was profiled as “one of the nation’s top 20 investigative reporters. Christianson had just started investigating Donald Trump McClatchy news.
Circumstances of Death: Mr. Christianson’s strange death occurred from “massive head trauma after falling down the back stairs of his home. His wife, Tamar Gordon, said the banister had given way.”