Mysterious deaths have long been a part of Russian politics. Normally, the deceased are people who ran afoul of President Vladimir Putin. The latest Russian Official to die however is connected to American politics and particularly connected to the famed Trump Tower meeting.
Russian Deputy Attorney General Saak Albertovich died in a helicopter crash Wednesday night. Albertovich was accused of being that handler for lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who helped to set up the meeting with Donald Trump Jr, Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner.
There are some suspicious aspects of the helicopter crash. According to the Daily Beast, “It is not known why experienced pilot Stanislav Mikhov reportedly decided to take off after nightfall in adverse conditions without authorities’ approval.”
Albertovich has long been a confidant to Vladimir Putin and he has allegedly been at the center of many suspicious activities.
When former Russian spy Sergei Skripal was poisoned in London, he claimed that Russia was blamed out of bias. “The British Authorities have based the anti-Russian campaign surrounding the poisoning of former GRU officer Skripal and his daughter on a provocative scenario.”
Albertovich was also accused of trying to foil British police when they were investigating the mysterious death of Alexander Litvinenko in 2006. That death on London soil was also the result of poisoning.
Most recently, the Swiss government cited Albertovich for clandestine activity. The Swiss accused the Deputy Attorney General of attempting, along with Vaselnitskaya, to recruit a Swiss inspector as a double agent.
According to Jonathan Turley, “The Swiss court was told that Veselnitskaya had raised the Magnitsky case with the Swiss officials just as she had with Donald Trump Jr.”
While the particulars of the crash are peculiar, there is no evidence that Albertovich was the victim of a deeper plot. Russia’s government, however, does have a history of strange deaths and this is most likely a situation that will be looked into further.
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