In the chaos that is President Donald Trump’s administration’s close ties to the Russian government, six Russian diplomats have turned up dead, unexpectedly, and all from suspicious circumstances.
The Russian government and dictator Vladimir Putin are notorious for killing his own diplomats and spies if it is feared they could reveal critical information about the Kremlin’s actions around the world.
Ambassador Andrey Karlov was murdered by a Turkish policeman in Ankara.
Peter Polshikov of the Latin American department of the Russian foreign ministry was shot dead in his Moscow apartment.
Russia’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died in New York this past week. His death was originally ruled a heart attack, however, the medical examiner is further investigating his death. Unsubstantiated rumors allege there was poison discovered in his kidneys.
Russia’s Ambassador to India, Alexander Kadakin, died after a “brief illness” in January.
The Russian Consul in Athens, Greece, Andrei Malanin, was found dead in his apartment in the same month. Officials there have launched an investigation into his death.
On Election Day, Russian diplomat Sergei Krivov died at the Russian Consulate in New York. Reports originally claimed he died of a “fall” but Russian officials later changed the cause of death to a heart attack. Three months later, officials decided to open an investigation into his death.
Ex-KGB chief Oleg Erovinkin, who helped draft the explosive Trump “Golden Showers” dossier, was found dead in the back of his car December 26.
One common trend is that each death is labeled as a “brief illness” or a “heart attack” but in almost all cases, investigators felt it necessary to look into these deaths further.
Each death is wrapped in suspicion and the timing of each, corresponding to the ever escalating ties between the Trump administration and the Kremlin, is every conspiracy theorists dream. Only this time, the mainstream media is recognizing the same patterns and suspicions.
This is all relevant because the trails from the Trump camp all lead back to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions was just forced to recuse himself from the investigation into the Trump team’s alleged collusion with Russia because he failed to disclose two meetings with the Kislyak in his confirmation hearing;
Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner was just exposed for having smuggled Kislyak into Trump towers for a secret meeting with Gen. Michael Flynn.
Somebody had better get Kislyak into the witness protection program before he suddenly has a “heart attack.”
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Dan Arel is a bestselling author of The Secular Activist; and Parenting Without God. He is an award-winning journalist and host of the Danthropology Podcast.