Media Silent As 4 Top Russian Diplomats Die Mysteriously In Last 60 Days

Four top Russian diplomats, including three ambassadors, have died suddenly and under mysterious circumstances just within the last 60 days.
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    MOSCOW — While few might consider being a diplomat a life-threatening or even dangerous job, that trend may be quickly reversing — that is, at least for Russian diplomats.

    With recent media attention squarely focused on Donald Trump’s ascension to the Oval Office and various controversies swirling throughout the early days of his presidency, a string of sudden, mysterious deaths of top Russian diplomats have largely evaded media scrutiny and public attention.

    Further, public interest in these deaths, at least in the United States, has been minimized, as much of the negative press Trump has received along the same timeframe has been related to his allegedly close relationship with the Russian government, tying in with months of anti-Russian propaganda relating to the Syrian conflict and allegations that Russia had a role in manipulating the U.S. presidential election.

    Since late December, four top Russian diplomats, including three ambassadors, have died under circumstances that remain unclear.

    This troublesome trend began on Dec. 20, when Andrey Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, was gunned down in Ankara during a photo exhibition event. The assailant, a 22-year-old off-duty Turkish police officer, took advantage of the bloody spectacle to yell, “Don’t forget Aleppo!” — a reference to Russia’s controversial role in helping the Syrian government reclaim what was once the country’s largest city from U.S.-backed Al-Qaida terrorists.

    Karlov’s death came at a critical juncture in Russian-Turkish relations, as the two nations were in the midst of reconciliation efforts following an incident in which Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet over Syria in 2015, damaging diplomatic relations.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin called Karlov’s assassination a clear provocation intended to derail Syrian peace negotiations. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan echoed these sentiments, adding, “Both Turkey and Russia have the will not to be deceived by this false flag attack.”

    However, media attention of the assassination was derailed, as it took place on the same day as a high-profile terrorist attack in Berlin carried out by a Tunisian asylum seeker who had allegedly expressed support for Daesh (an Arabic acronym for the terrorist group known in the West as ISIS or ISIL).

    A few weeks later, yet another Russian diplomat died suddenly, this time in Athens, Greece.

    Andrey Malanin, a senior diplomat at Russia’s embassy in the Greek capital, was found dead on the bathroom floor of his apartment on Jan. 9. After his body was discovered, Greek police launched an investigation into his death. Despite an initial statement that Malanin appeared to have died from natural causes at “first sight,” the investigation has yet to conclude, leaving the official cause of Malanin’s death still unestablished.

    The weeks since have seen the deaths of two more Russian ambassadors.

    Russia’s ambassador to India, Alexander Kadakin, died at a hospital in India on Jan. 26 following a “brief,” unspecified illness. Indian leaders mourned the death of Kadakin, who was credited with having played a significant role in promoting Indian-Russian relations, culminating in major defense and energy deals between the two nations in October of last year.

    Most recently, on Feb. 20, Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, died suddenly at work in New York. In its official announcement, Russia’s foreign ministry offered no details on the circumstances of Churkin’s death, instead offering condolences to his friends and relatives. Unnamed U.S. government and law enforcement officials, however, told Reuters that Churkin had apparently died of a heart attack, though the exact cause of his death remains unknown.

    Churkin’s deputy, Pyotr Ilyichev, said the late diplomat “devoted his whole life to defending the interests of Russia and was found on the very front lines and in the most stressful posts.” Indeed, Churkin drew condemnation from several of his Western colleagues for his strong defense of Russia’s bombing campaign in the Syrian city of Aleppo, yet remained steadfast in his support of Moscow’s foreign policy.

    Russian news agencies reported that Putin was deeply upset by the news of Churkin’s death.

    The deaths of these four high-level Russian diplomats came at a time of uncertainty in U.S.-Russian relations. International attention has focused heavily on the controversial phone call between Trump’s national security advisor, retired Gen. Michael Flynn, and a Russian diplomat at Russia’s U.S. embassy, which ultimately led to Flynn’s resignation.

    As the controversy surrounding Flynn consequently focused attention on the relationship between the Trump administration and the Russian government, this string of deaths came at a time when diplomatic nuance and expertise would be particularly useful.

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    • A Olson

      Too coincidental!

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    • chris

      The cia is assassinating Russian diplomats and Russian intel knows it. The downing of the plane carrying the Russian choir was left out of this story, as was any implication that the cia killed these men. Russian intel isn’t stupid, they know who is doing it. They see it as tough guy behavior, albeit reckless behavior at a level the Russians don’t normally expect from the cia. Russia does not believe that the cia will keep doing this until Russia is forced to engage with a massive first strike on U.S. military bases, but that is exactly what the cia is doing. Russia knows that Trump has no real control over the cia.

      • CenaFoura

        Yeah, the muslim brotherhood unit of the CIA run under the auspices of John Brennan and Obama.
        Takes just a little time for things to change, but the are.

    • artemis6

      this reminds me of the wikileaks strategy. mysterious deaths in a few months blinding the organizational relationships it needs to survive.

      then BOOM, takedown of the leader, replacing him with a look alike puppet. Putin had better be extra careful. Only Fidel had escaped these henchmen doctor strangeloves, who want nuclear war. This is not a god sign, and Trump is way in over his head.

      • A Olson

        Sounds like a great film!

    • Jdonnell

      Bunk. The diplomats have differing interests and nothing in common, This sort of article is groundless.

      • artemis6

        not a fan of history , are you?

        • Jdonnell

          I’m not a fan of conspiracy theories with no evidence. Your empty remark is revealing.

      • Angel

        Two Russian agents missing as well. They were involved in trump dossier. One was kidnapped in broad daylight with witnesses. Another agent is in hiding. If Putin jails singers who sing about him in protest….there is no need to wonder if he is a harsh leader.

        • Jdonnell

          US news sources would have featured such news were it true. Putin freed the women who were using a church to shout obscenities.

          • TeeJae

            “US news sources would have featured such news were it true.”

            LOL! That’s funny.

            • Jdonnell

              Don’t. be obtuse. US media hate Russia and Putin and would have jumped on such news if it were the least bit credible. They have blamed Russia for murders committed abroad for which their was zero hard evidence.

          • Lyn Brook

            US news sources supporting truth? Choking on my cornflakes here! Putin has NOTHING to do with these deaths. If true it would be The US and or its allies

        • TeeJae

          Your last sentence is irrelevant to the rest of your comment. What point are you trying to make?

        • A Olson

          And trump wants to be just like putin! Poor deplorable Americans!

        • tapatio

          Those “singers who sing about him in protest” were singing lewd songs and behaving sxxually in a church. The little wh0res should have been driven out with baseball bats………..then jailed.

          • Finn

            Oh no! The horror!

            • tapatio

              I take it that you have no problem with people who invade the space of others, insulting those spaces and the belief systems of the owners. Where’s your house – I’ll go p00 in your living room?

              Pu55y Riot entered an Orthodox church, sang/shouted obscenities and insults. They would have been jailed in most countries of the world, including the US. But, of course, the Amerikan government/press howled and whined because it was done in Russia.

              • Finn

                When the Russian Orthodox Church supports equality for all then maybe you’ll have a valid point. There can be no “opinions” about human rights.

                • tapatio

                  It was THEIR space being violated by the sIuts. You have the delusion that all cultures should be judged by the “standards” we have been taught. In other countries, decency is a matter of law…………….decency is no longer relevant in Amerika.

      • TeeJae

        Sooooo, being Russian ambassadors – with the goal of protecting Russian interests – is not a commonality?