Moscow. The word “death list” is terrifying. So it is not surprising that as the “Daily Mirror” in Great Britain now does, it is popularly used by tabloids: “Vladimir Putin has created a new ‘assassination list’ with enemies, six of whom live in Great Britain”. At the end of March the tabloid alarm sounded. The topic is now tough: shortly before that, US President Joe Biden called his Russian envoy Vladimir Putin an assassin.
According to the “Mirror”, former oligarch Mikhail Kodarkovsky (57), British businessman Bill Broder (56), Russian banker and human rights activist Vladimir Ashurkov (49), former Russian secret service agent Boris Korbichkov (62) are entrepreneurs and billionaires (46). And Christopher Steele, 56, a former British Secret Service agent, fearing for their lives.
All six are known to be at odds with the Kremlin:
- Kodarkovsky For example, his organization supports Open Russia, the rule of law and political prisoners.
- Ashurkov As Of Sitchwark Support Russia’s opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
- Steel In 2016 he wrote an explosive intelligence document that revealed that Russian authorities had compromised things to threaten then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. This representation was denied in court.
- Entrepreneur Browser He campaigned for sanctions against Russia in the United States.
Clear evidence in the “Litvinenko” and “Scribal” cases
It is understandable that victims are concerned: “I feel safer on the streets of London than in Moscow”, Ashurkov told the “Mirror”, “But there is no such thing as proper security. I only hope that the British authorities will prevent further attacks here. “The fugitive to Great Britain in 2014 cites more than a dozen killings on British soil, which are linked to the Russian government as a potential client, but have not yet been clarified.
On the other hand, there were clear signs of a crime in Moscow in 2006 following the death of Putin’s critic and former Russian intelligence official, Alexander Litvinenko, by poisoning with radioactive polonium: in 2016, the British Commission of Inquiry concluded that Litvinenko The Russian secret service was almost certainly killed on behalf of the FSB. In 2018, Sergei Skribal, a former Russian secret service agent and informant of the British Secret Service MI6, and his daughter Julia in Salisbury, England, were attacked by Soviet military war agent Novichok, both of whom did not survive. Bellingwood Research Group Exposed In September 2018, two employees of the GRU of the Russian military intelligence service were convicted.
In its exclusive report on the new death list, “Mirror” quotes an FSB employee and wants to warn the target persons. Whether this anonymous source actually exists has not been confirmed by a third party in the article.
Rumors that are hard to verify
This opens up the question of whether the story is really true. There have always been rumors of assassinations, especially on behalf of the Russian government, which are often hard to verify: British businessman Bill Broder is said to have been on the Kremlin’s death list for a long time – not just since its release. For example, when Russian Denis Voronenkov was shot dead on the street in Kiev in 2017, Ukrainian law enforcement officials quickly came to the conclusion that the former Duma deputy of the Kremlin had been publicly hanged.
At first glance, a lot of things were said for it: Voronenko fled to Ukraine, where he appeared in public as a key witness against the Kremlin. In hard work that lasts for many months Sarah Topol, an American correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, decided on 2019 However, that Voronenko was probably not assassinated by Russian state power, but mostly by circles in Russia, where he created the enemy in a serious economic crime.
Nate Schengen did not want to confirm whether there was a specific list of “Mirror” reports due to bad evidence. Director of Research and Strategy at Freedom House is one of the authors of the latest issue Study Schengen told RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND) of the American Human Rights Organization, which describes the persecution practices of dictatorial countries against immigrant dissidents: “I cannot testify whether the Russian state power is following this plan properly.”
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Vladimir Putin, a Kremlin critic and arch-enemy of domestic politics, complains about the behavior of prison guards. The 44-year-old said it was tantamount to torture. © Reuters
“But I can clearly say that the Kremlin is pursuing a strategy of killing some targeted people not only in Great Britain but also in other countries.” Who was shot dead in 2019 in Berlin’s Direcorden (author’s note), the route to which leads to Moscow. “In that sense, it is not only credible, I think the Russian government will continue to try to silence the people living abroad through violence,” Shenken said.
Losing a reputation for the Kremlin is no longer so important
According to the Independent House, reasons for the Kremlin to seek their life abroad include conflicts with Russian security services through political or business activities. This criterion applies to the six men named “Mirror”: “I would be shocked to find that people like Michael Kodarkovsky or Bill Broder have not yet taken security measures,” says Pengan.
Pengan did not believe that the loss of a reputation that would inevitably go hand in hand with open state assassinations could prevent the Kremlin from further attacks from abroad. Key thought: ‘When you do business, there are costs.’ “
These attacks are apparently aimed at disguising the enemies of the Russian leadership and making it clear to them that they are nowhere safe. But does this calculation even work? Fear of being the victim of a state assassination does not threaten continued political action against the Russian government: for example, businessman Bill Broder used his political connections in the United States to launch the “Magnitsky Act”.
The law, signed by Barack Obama in 2012, opened the door to allowing Russian officials to be responsible for the 2009 death of Sergei Magnitsky, a former tax adviser to Proctor, while in custody. It was this permit that really made Broder target Moscow. “The intimidation tactic does not work,” Pengan asserts: “In practice, this exacerbates the Kremlin’s opposition to Russian state power.”