The bodies keep dropping in and around Donald Trump’s Russia scandal, with two Russian intel officers dying under suspicious circumstances in Moscow and two Russian diplomats dropping dead in New York, among others. But for the first time, one of the known conspirators in the Trump-Russia scandal is specifically claiming that his co-conspirator is dead as a result of his involvement becoming public knowledge.
Andrey Artemenko (alternately translated as Andrii Artemenko and Andriy Artemenko) is a Kremlin-controlled Ukrainian politician who is currently facing potential treason charges in Ukraine for his role in the Trump-Russia scandal. Artemenko conspired with Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen and Trump’s mafia connected former business associate Felix Sater to craft a plot which involved Trump blackmailing the Ukrainian president out of power and installing Artemenko in his place. The meeting was first arranged by Cohen’s brother’s father-in-law, Ukrainian businessman Alex Oronov — who just dropped dead. And Artemenko insists Oronov dead because of the Trump-Russia scandal.
Alex Oronov is definitely dead. We’ve even managed to dig up his memorial service announcement in New York. We’ve also confirmed that he lived in a Donald Trump-owned building in Hollywood, Florida. Andrey Artemenko has made a long, rambling and angry Russian-language Facebook post in which he asserts that Oronov is dead because the New York Times recently outed the Ukraine blackmail plot and its participants.
Artemenko doesn’t state Oronov’s cause of death; we’re still working to track this down. Nor does he accuse anyone by name of killing Oronov. But he’s the eighth person to drop dead during the Trump-Russia scandal who was either part of the conspiracy, or part of the effort to expose the conspiracy, or a prominent member of the Russian government. Considering Vladimir Putin’s habit of killing his opponents, it feels like Artemenko is accusing Putin of murdering Oronov. This story is still developing. Contribute to Palmer Report
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