The sudden death of Russia’s permanent envoy to the UN Vitaly Churkin on Monday in new York again attracted attention to Russian officials and diplomats who died in the last two months. For ten years the Russian diplomat was the voice of the Kremlin in the UN and the person to whom Russia was counting in crucial issues, from the Ukrainian crisis to Syria. For the last three months Churkin, a diplomat, brought up during the cold war, became the eighth Russian high-ranking official mysteriously died.
After the death of the Russian Ambassador in Ankara, Andrey Karlov December 19, 2016 in the assassination attempt of the terrorist organization FETÖ of Fethullah Gulen (Fethullah Gülen) from different parts of the world began to receive news of the death of Russian diplomats and officials. A close to the Kremlin, Russian diplomats from such major centers of the world like Moscow, Athens, new Delhi, Kazakhstan, new York, or were found dead in their homes, killed with a head shot, or died some time later at the hospital. Among them there is one name that suggests that these deaths may not be accidental. Is Oleg Erevancin.
The dark horse of the Kremlin
Oleg Erevancin was an assistant and confidant Igor Sechin, which is one of the right hands of Russian President Putin and part of his close team, known in Russia under the name of “security forces”. At the same time in Moscow Provincia was known as the “dark horse” Putin. Igor Sechin is known as a man of the FSB, the Russian intelligence Agency, a representative of the energy sector. Currently Sechin, head of Russian energy giant Rosneft. Provincen, in the past as Sechin General of the Russian intelligence service, served as Deputy head of “Rosneft”. On December 28, two hours after meeting with Putin, a mysterious man of the Kremlin was found dead in the back seat of his car.
They went up under Putin
Security forces is the Russian definition of persons who from the beginning of presidency of Vladimir Putin came to the power of the institutions related to the security of the country: domestic intelligence, the security services, the armed forces. They occupied important posts in the state apparatus. To the fore in this clique out, the Secretary of security Council of Russia Nikolai Patrushev, who serves as the Advisor to the President, Minister of defence of Russia Sergey Shoigu and the head of “Rosneft” Igor Sechin. The majority of security forces in the past, the KGB (FSB). Under Putin, they replaced the oligarchs, who under Boris Yeltsin after the cold war became the political elite of Russia. As you know, Putin himself was a KGB officer, and after the cold war, headed the FSB. In 2001, when Putin had served as President, the security forces had cleared a path to the state authorities. By 2009, the state unit on 70% consisted of persons close to the group called “security forces”.
Goal is the heart of Russia?
It is known that Ambassador Andrei Karlov, who was killed in an attack FETÖ, was appointed personally by Putin due to the fact that the diplomat attached special importance to the development of Turkish-Russian relations. They say that the Russian diplomat Andrey Malanin, found dead in his apartment in Athens, despite the fact that he served as a Consul in Greece, had a powerful position at the level of Ambassador. Roman Skrylnikov, Alexander Kadakin, Vitaly Churkin, also worked in important for Russia countries. Due to the fact that they all died in the last two months, the question arises: security officials close to Putin and managers of the major institutions under the gun?
Diplomat of the cold war
On Monday Vitaly Churkin, who performed the duties of the permanent representative of Russia to the UN since 2006, suddenly became ill, he was taken to the hospital. It is reported that Churkin had a heart attack, and despite the intervention of doctors to save him failed. While official statements about the exact cause of death Churkin was not done yet. For three days in the permanent mission of Russia to the UN will open a condolence book. Churkin, who died the day before his birthday, born in 1952. In 1974, he began working in the Ministry of foreign Affairs. The Russian diplomat is survived by his wife, Irina Churkina, and two children, daughter Anastasia and son Maxim.