Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
The more time passes, the more the deaths of Russian ambassadors abroad starts causing suspicions. It seems that something ominous happens. The ambassador of the Russian Federation in Sudan Mirgayas Shirinsky, who was found dead in the swimming pool of the office villa on August 23rd of this year became the seventh (!) Russian diplomat in the last nine months to die. None of the seven dead suffered from a serious illness. All deaths were sudden.
According to the official information, Shirinsky’s body had symptoms of an acute heart attack, and the police immediately excluded the possibility of an assassination attempt. The same thing happened to V. Churkin in February in New York. A little bit earlier the ambassador of Russia in India Aleksandr Kadakin died from a heart attack. In January in Athens the Russian consul Andrey Malanin was found dead in his office.
All of them died according to the same scheme – after a heart attack. The local authorities didn’t carry out investigations because of the “evidence of the event”.
The Washington Post sums up the straightforward result of these deaths: “Ambassador Mirgayas Shirinskiy was in his 60’s. It corresponds to a demographic trend. The average life expectancy of men in Russia is 65. And the main reason for their death – cardiovascular diseases. The same can be said about other perished ambassadors. All of them were approximately at this age”.
However, other deaths of high-ranking diplomats are excluded from this mournful list.
The ambassador of the Russian Federation in Turkey Andrey Karlov was killed in December, 2016, after being shot by an Islamist terrorist, and the Turkish intelligence agencies still haven’t carried out an investigation into this case. Whether it will be successfully completed is unknown, because the murderer himself was liquidated by the police. While to be limited to the conclusion that the blame for everything lies on “conspiracy of Islamist fanatics” is too unprofessional.
One more riddle – the death of the 63-year-old Russian diplomat Sergey Krivov. He was found in the Russian consulate in New York lying unconscious on the floor. A head trauma was found, he died even before the arrival of the ambulance. At first it was supposed that Krivov fell from the roof. Later the Russian Embassy changed the version of events, and the cause of death of the diplomat was named as a heart attack.
In the Embassy of Russia in Washington Krivov allegedly was responsible for counterintelligence, “the prevention of sabotage”, and also for “deflecting enemy attacks for the purpose of wiretapping” – in general, he was responsible for ensuring that the American intelligence agencies remained outside the embassy’s territory.
The Washington Post includes in the list of deceased diplomats Pyotr Polshikov, who was found in his own apartment in Moscow with a gunshot wound to the head. Previously he worked in Latin America in average roles. This murder was not included in the subject declared by the American publication, in the same way as the death of Oleg Erovinkin – who died from a heart attack, the chief of staff of the head of Rosneft Igor Sechin. This former FSB General, according to the American authors, was involved in the preparation of compromising evidence on Trump; he “could be ‘a source in the Kremlin'”, which provided to the employee of MI6 Christopher Steel information for a compromising dossier on the American candidate for the Presidency. This dragged him into a deadly cycle.
Thus, the innocently-begun publication of The Washington Post smoothly passes to the conclusion that the real sources of the listed deaths are in the Kremlin. The website’s motto in itself is remarkable: “Democracy dies in darkness”. In the US the Kremlin is today appointed as being responsible for all the troubles of mankind, but some reflections arise.
Indeed, the average life expectancy of Russian men is in the parameters specified by the newspaper – up to 70 years. However statistics are a crafty thing. The average life expectancy of various professional categories is different. By the way, the highest – in the Russian Academy of Sciences. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is also close to this indicator. In any case, such “serial deaths” of Russian diplomats was never earlier observed. Moreover, the club of veterans of the ambassadorial service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is a plentifully-staffed organization.
Meanwhile criminalistics has known for a long time that the expert can easily cause an acute heart attack with the use of available medical preparations, for example glycosides. From the point of view of the organization of an assassination attempt, there is only a need for access to the food of the victim, and it is even better for access to medical prescriptions – tablets and drops. This is not a big problem. Diplomats often use local kitchens and local pharmacies.
For example, a guaranteed lethal dose of pure potassium injected into an organism is 14 milligrams. It is precisely this dosage that is injected into those with death sentences in the US. It is possible to define the presence of cardiac glycosides right after death. If the autopsy is carried out within 2-3 days, it is already impossible to find substances in the blood.
That’s why there is no talk about how to organize murder. There is talk about for what purpose it is organized. After all, if Vitaly Churkin provoked hatred from the Russophobic part of the American elite, then why would the death of diplomats in Greece and Sudan be necessary for the enemy? Remaining within the framework of the standard logic of human relations, we won’t find answers to these questions.
In order to at least somehow understand what is going on, there is a need to try to answer a question: why was the electoral campaign of Hillary Clinton accompanied by the regular murders of her critics, which remained non-investigated? Observers counted six (!) murders of journalists who were engaged in collecting material that compromised the Clinton clan. Besides this, the employees of her staff who allowed the leakage of information were eliminated. This cause-and-effect relationship was obvious to all here, but just not for the police and FBI.
It would seem that the Clintons have no other ways to politically isolate such people? After all, in a country where money dominates, any options are possible.
However if to remember The Washington Post’s slogan (“Democracy dies in darkness”), then maybe it is better to apply it to the American reality? After all, to fumble around with a troublemaker is more expensive for yourself. It is continuous trouble to calm a loudmouth down. It is much simpler to eliminate them. And if you have old connections with drug trafficking, then everything becomes much simpler. Drug barons have the best killers in America.
It is difficult to probe for other logic in these events, and this logic is suitable as an explanation for the death of V. Churkin. He was the striking sword of Russian diplomacy.
However, what did the Russian ambassadors in Sudan and India do to offend the Americans? Probably, something offended them. Otherwise the intelligence agencies couldn’t afford themselves to do such things. And now the permissiveness in the American intelligence agencies reached the point where they can be engaged in such entertainment as hunting Russian ambassadors down. It is possible in the darkness of American democracy.
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