Russian oligarchs began dying mysteriously last January.
Many of the deaths are gruesome and mysterious.
Suicide and murder/suicide top the list of causes.
The Number of dead Putin allies stands at 13.
(NewsReady.com) – Close friends and allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin are in an exclusive group. Not only do they enjoy a relationship with their country’s leader, but they also seem to have a sudden and untimely death problem. Whether it’s an oligarch and his family losing their lives in a complicated murder-suicide or a gas company executive inconveniently falling out of a hospital window, the dangers of being close to one of the world’s most powerful men seem very real.
The latest on the list is Vladimir Nikolayevich Sungorkin, 68, the editor-in-chief of the state paper Pravda. Sungorkin died unexpectedly on Wednesday, September 14, of an apparent stroke as colleagues helplessly stood by.
The List Grows
The list of bodies associated with Putin is difficult to ignore. If not for the sheer number of dead colleagues, which seems to rise by the week, then surely for the odd and often unfathomable ways they died. In the past week, for example, prominent Russian businessman Ivan Pechorin died when he fell off of a boat. The hospital incident involving Lukoil Chairman Ravil Maganov was reported on September 2,. The head of Gazprom Invest, Leonid Shulman, died a few after he was found on the bathroom floor, bleeding from stab wounds, with a suicide note on the floor nearby.
It Started Before Ukraine
Shulman was the first to die on January 30, 2022, followed a month later by another suicide in a parking garage. In March and April, three entire families died in murder-suicides. A Putin colleague fell off a cliff, and another had a drug-induced heart attack in May. Things settled down in June, but on the 4th of July, another oil executive died by his own hand. A Latvian-born Russian billionaire fell from his Washington, DC, apartment in August, and September, of course, brings the story back to a stroke.
John O’Neill, Author of the book “The Dancer and the Devil: Stalin, Pavlova, and the Road to the Great Pandemic,” believes there’s a direct correlation between the often grizzly deaths and Putin. O’Neill told the New York Post what the world is seeing, if Putin is indeed behind the deaths, are Stalin-era tactics, which often included using chemicals to induce heart attacks and faking suicides as convenient methods of tying up loose ends.
The list of the deceased, with the exception of a couple of possible cardiac-related issues, had very little in the way of “natural causes” until the latest. That certainly isn’t evidence of any wrongdoing, but with the number of victims and the brutal way many of them died, should Putin’s remaining friends and allies be alarmed?
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