Deaths of crit­ics

Kyiv Post - - National -

Many of Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin’s crit­ics have been killed in Rus­sia since he came to power in 1999, in­clud­ing op­po­si­tion leader Boris Nemtsov, jour­nal­ist Anna Politkovskaya, hu­man rights ac­tivist Natalya Estemirova, lawyer Sergei Mag­nit­sky, and an­ar­chist ac­tivists Anas­ta­sia Baburova and Stanislav Markelov.

Dur­ing Putin’s pres­i­dency, over 30 mil­i­tary gen­er­als were also killed, com­mit­ted sui­cide or died in mysterious cir­cum­stances. Some claimed that the deaths could have been linked to Krem­lin ef­forts to get rid of wit­nesses of Rus­sia’s ag­gres­sion and war crimes in var­i­ous coun­tries, in­clud­ing Ukraine.

In 2013 ex­iled Rus­sian ty­coon Boris Bere­zovsky, an archri­val of Putin, was found hanged in his apart­ment in Lon­don. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion couldn’t con­clude if it was a sui­cide or a mur­der.

In 2015, Mikhail Lesin, a for­mer Rus­sian min­is­ter and pres­i­den­tial aide, died in mysterious cir­cum­stances at Wash­ing­ton’s Dupont Cir­cle Ho­tel.

In late 2016 to early 2017 seven Rus­sian diplo­mats, in­clud­ing Vi­taly Churkin, Rus­sia’s am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions, died or were killed in var­i­ous cir­cum­stances.

Fi­nally, in 2016, a British crim­i­nal in­quiry found that Putin “prob­a­bly” or­dered the 2006 polo­nium-210 poi­son­ing that killed ex-Rus­sian se­cu­rity ser­vice agent Litvi­nenko in Lon­don.

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