Enemies Of Russia Have Been Dying Mysteriously For Many Years Nerve Gas


Tallinn (Estonia): Opponents of the Kremlin, its political critics, defectors and investigative journalists have been subjected to various attacks over the years, leaving some alive and many dead. Not only are methods like polonium mixed tea or deadly nerve agents used against these people, but some even jump from the windows of the houses. However, so far no casualties have been reported in the air crash.

But on Wednesday, a private plane carrying the head of the Wagner Group definitely fell after breaking up at an altitude of thousands of feet. The head of the Wagner Group had recently attempted a mutiny against Russia. Attempts to assassinate enemies of President Vladimir Putin have been common during his nearly 25 years in power. Relatives of the dead and some survivors blame Russian authorities for these incidents, but the Kremlin has always denied any involvement.

Opposition leader was ill

There have also been several incidents in which top officials of the Russian administration have fallen from windows under suspicious circumstances, but it is difficult to be sure whether it was a case of murder or suicide. Some of the cases of murders and attempted murders mentioned in the record… In August 2020, opposition leader Alexey Navalny fell ill on a plane traveling from Siberia to Moscow. The plane was landed in Omsk where Navalny was admitted to the hospital in an unconscious state. Two days later he was airlifted to Germany where his health improved.

The opposition leader’s aides immediately said he had been poisoned, but Russian officials denied this. Laboratories in Germany, France and Sweden have confirmed that Navalny was exposed to ‘Novichok’, a nerve agent available in the erstwhile Soviet Union. Navalny returned to Russia this month after being convicted of extremism and sentenced to 19 years in prison. He has been convicted for the third time in the last two years, although he describes all these charges as politically motivated.

There have been cases of poisoning

In 2018, Pyotr Verzilov, the founder of the performance group ‘Pussy Riot’, became seriously ill and was also flown to Germany where doctors suspected it could also be a case of poisoning. Eventually he recovered. Important opposition leader Vladimir Kara-Murza narrowly escaped in 2015 and 2017, and he believes there were attempts to poison him both years. In the first incident, he narrowly escaped death due to kidney failure. And in 2017 too, he had to be hospitalized for a similar ailment and the doctors had to keep him unconscious with the help of medicines. His wife said doctors have confirmed poisoning. Kara-Murza, however, escaped unharmed and his lawyer says that the police refused to investigate the incident. He was convicted of treason this year and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Speaking of high profile assassinations of political opponents in recent times… the February 2015 assassination of Boris Nemtsov is the most significant. Nemtsov, once deputy prime minister under Boris Yeltsin, was a popular politician and an outspoken critic of Putin. Nemtsov was shot dead one night in February 2015 while walking in front of the Kremlin with his girlfriend. Five people from the Russian-controlled region of Chechnya were convicted in the case. The shooter was given the maximum sentence of 20 years. But Nemtsov’s associates said that the government put the blame on his head.

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At the same time, in 2016, Alexander Litvinenko, a former agent of the Russian intelligence agency FSB formed after the breakup of the KGB and the Soviet Union, and a traitor to Russia, fell ill after drinking tea containing radioactive polonium-210 in London and died three weeks later. . He was investigating the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya and alleged links between Russian intelligence with organized crime. Before his death, Litvinenko told reporters that the FSB was still operating Soviet Union-era poison laboratories.

A UK investigation revealed that Litvinenko was murdered by a Russian agent, possibly with Putin’s permission, but the Kremlin denied any involvement. Another former Russian intelligence officer, Sergei Skripal, was poisoned in Britain in 2018. He and his adult daughter Yulia became ill in Salisbury and remained in critical condition for several weeks. Both father and daughter escaped unhurt but a British woman was killed while a man and a policeman were seriously ill in the attack.

Moscow has been denying

The administration says that the father and daughter were given military grade nerve agent ‘Novichok’. Britain blamed the Russian intelligence agency for this but Moscow flatly denied it. Not only this, many journalists critical of the Russian administration have also been murdered or they have died under mysterious circumstances. Anna Politkovskaya, journalist of ‘Novaya Gazette’ newspaper, died in Moscow on October 7, 2006, on Putin’s birthday. He was shot dead in the elevator of his apartment building. He gained international recognition for writing reports on human rights violations in Chechnya.

Journalist has also died

Another journalist from Novaya Gazeta, Yuri Shchekochikhin, died in 2003 after a sudden serious illness. Shchekochikhin was investigating corruption in business deals and the possible role of Russian security forces in the 1999 apartment house bombing. Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the private military company Wagner, and two of his top lieutenants were reported killed in Wednesday’s plane crash. Prigozhin had launched an armed rebellion two months earlier, which Putin described as a ‘stab in the back’ and ‘treason’.

A preliminary investigation by US intelligence found on Thursday that all 10 people on board were killed in the plane crash and that the crash was caused by a deliberate explosion, according to US and Western officials. The officials shared the information on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to comment.

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