Wagner’s mercenary boss, Enemies Yevgeny Prigozhin, is pronounce dead in a plane crash. Prigozhin’s death adds to the ill-fated list of ‘enemies’ of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Deutsche Welle (DW), whether Prigozhin was indeed kill when his plane crashed in the Tver region of Russia is still unclear. But the Russian government said DNA tests confirmed Prigozhin was among the 10 passengers who died. Two months before his death, Prigozhin, nicknamed “Putin Chef” for his close ties to the Russian president, led a “strike” of Wagner’s troops into Moscow. At that time, many observers said that Prigozhin’s life was only numbere. He is the latest victim in a long list of critics of Putin who have been kill or are in prison.
September 2022 – Ravil Maganov
Ravil Maganov, director of Russian oil giant Lukoil. He fell from a window on the sixth floor of a hospital in Moscow. The police suspect he committed suicide. Police said Maganov was diagnose with depression, as well as heart problems.
August 2020 -Alexei Navalny poisoned
One of Putin’s harshest critics, Alexei Navalny, collapsed on a domestic flight from Tomsk to Moscow and fell into a coma. After the plane made an emergency landing in Omsk, Siberia, Navalny immediately received medical treatment. He then flown to Berlin, Germany, and treated at Charite hospital. The hospital later confirmed that he poison with a chemical nerve agent, Novichok, which was develop during the Soviet Union. After recovering, Alexei Navalny released a recording of a telephone conversation, in which a suspected agent from Russia’s internal intelligence service, the FSB, confessed to the attack. In the recording uploaded to YouTube, the man said poison had been smeare on Navalny’s underwear. Russia considers the recorded conversations fake. Navalny decide to return to Russia and was immediately sentence to prison.
August 2019 – Zelimkhan Khangoshvili
Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, Georgian citizen and ethnic Chechen who fought against Russia in the Second Chechen War. He shot dead in broad daylight with three bullets in the head and back in the Tiergarten park in Berlin. Two years later he sentenced to life imprisonment in Berlin.
September 2018 – Pyotr Verzilov
Pussy Riot artist and activist Pyotr Verzilov reported problems with his vision and speech after appearing in court in Moscow. Verzilov also taken to the Charite hospital in Berlin for treatment. Doctors suspect he had been poison.
March 2018 – Sergei Skripal
Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia live in England were found unconscious on a park bench in the city of Salisbury. Both were later confirm to have been poison with Novichok. Although both survive, British citizen Dawn Sturgess, who was also expose to the nerve agent, dead. British police believe the poison spread on the door handle of Sergei Skripal’s house.
February 2015 – Boris Nemtsov
Russia’s former deputy prime minister and prominent Putin critic, Boris Nemtsov, was killed as he crossed a bridge over the Moskva River near the Kremlin. He was on his way home with his girlfriend.
A car stopped behind him. Four bullets were fired into his back and head. Three hours earlier, Nemtsov was still criticizing Putin in a radio broadcast.
Two years later, three Chechen citizens were sentenced to prison in Russia for this murder. To this day, it is not known what the motive was and who ordered his murder.
July 2009 – Natalya Estemirova
The body of Natalya Estemirova, a historian and board member of human rights organization Russia Memorial, was found in a ditch in Ingushetia hours after she was kidnapped outside her home in the Chechen capital Grozny.
Estemirova accused Russian security forces and a hit squad of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, a Putin loyalist, of kidnapping and human rights violations. The investigation into Estemirova’s murder turned up nothing.
November 2006 – Alexander Litvinenko
Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian secret service agent who defected and became a critic of Putin, died tragically in London after being poisoned with the radioactive substance polonium-210.
His book “Blowing Up Russia” accuses Russian secret services of having organized explosions in apartment buildings in Russia in 1999 and other terrorist attacks in the country to justify the war
It is said that Litvinenko’s tea was lace with polonium-210 in a London hotel bar.
October 2006 – Anna Politkovskaya
Anna Politkovskaya. An investigative journalist working for the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta. Was shot dead by five bullets in the chest and head in an elevator. The assassination occurred on Putin’s birthday.
In 2004, Politkovskaya reported on the war in Chechnya and exposed war crimes committed by Russian troops. The five people accused of killing him received lengthy prison sentences, but the perpetrator remains at large.
July 2003 – Yuri Shchekochikhin
Novaya Gazeta journalist Yuri Shchekochikhin, who in the late 1990s served as a member of Russia’s opposition parliament fighting corruption and organized crime, died a gruesome and protracted death from suspected poisoning. His skin peeled from his body and, one by one, his organs fell out.
Russian authorities refuse to performan autopsyc on his body, and medical record were lost. Skin samples later analyzed in London found traces of thallium, a toxic heavy metal once used by the Soviet secret service, the KGB.
April 2003 – Sergei Yushenkov
Sergei Yushenkov, co-chairman of the Liberal Russia party and a member of the Duma MP, received several fatal shots in the chest outside his home in Moscow.
The murder was never solve. Yushenkov was a member of the Intelligence Commission in parliament and one of the harshest critics of the Chechen war and of the KGB’s successor organization, the FSB.