An official for the Russian Interior Ministry has reportedly been shot and killed in Moscow, which would make him the eleventh prominent Russian to die under suspicious circumstances since the beginning of Donald Trump’s Russia scandal. Radio Free Europe is reporting that the Interfax news agency believes Nikolai Volkov was just murdered. Russian state police are labeling it a robbery, but they have a history of falsely blaming political murders on non-political circumstances.
Volkov worked for Vladimir Putin but is not known to have any ties to Donald Trump. However his murder stands out in that ten other prominent Russians have died since the Trump-Russia scandal began. Volkov’s death comes just five days after the murder of a fellow Russian political figure, Denis Voronenkov, who had fled to Ukraine (link) and who would have been a star witness if Ukraine succeeds in its attempt at putting former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on trial for his role in propping up Kremlin puppet Viktor Yanukovych.
This also comes just seven days after a Russian dissident was propelled from a fourth story window just as he was about to testify in a trial which would have cost Putin money (link). Incredibly, he survived.
The latest prominent dead Russian, Nikolai Volkov, is not to be confused with Yugoslavian-born Josip Peruzović, who performed as a popular pro wrestler in the United States under the fictional stage name “Nikolai Volkoff.” You can read more details about the real Volkov’s reported murder from Radio Free Europe (link). We’ve also previously published a roundup of the first nine prominent Russians who have died during Trump-Russia (link). Voronenkov was the tenth, and Volkov is apparently the eleventh. Contribute to Palmer Report
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report