Saturday, March 11, 2017

So why does the State Department want to keep a Russian diplomat's cause of death quiet?

Courtesy of The Hill: 

The State Department asked the New York Medical Examiner not to publicly release information about the cause of death of Russia's ambassador to the United Nations. 

Vitaly Churkin died unexpectedly in New York last month, one day before his 65th birthday. 

"In order to comply with international law and protocol, the New York City Law Department has instructed the Office of Chief Medical Examiner to not publicly disclose the cause and manner of death of Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations," Office of Chief Medical Examiner spokesman Julie Bolcer said, according to New York Times reporter Michael Grynbaum. 

"As outlined in formal requests from the United States Department of State, Ambassador Churkin's diplomatic immunity survives his death. Further questions concerning this matter should be directed to the United States Department of State."

Okay, that's weird right?

I mean since when does diplomatic immunity pertain to a cause of death?

And what makes it even weirder still is that Churkin is just one of eight Russian operatives to suddenly drop dead in the last year.

Axios listed all but the most recent one and pointed out some suspicious circumstances:

  1. You probably remember Russia's Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov — he was assassinated by a police officer at a photo exhibit in Ankara on December 19. 
  2. On the same day, another diplomat, Peter Polshikov, was shot dead in his Moscow apartment. The gun was found under the bathroom sink but the circumstances of the death were under investigation. Polshikov served as a senior figure in the Latin American department of the Foreign Ministry. 
  3. Russia's Ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died in New York this past week. Churkin was rushed to the hospital from his office at Russia's UN mission. Initial reports said he suffered a heart attack, and the medical examiner is investigating the death, according to CBS. 
  4. Russia's Ambassador to India, Alexander Kadakin, died after a "brief illness" January 27, which The Hindu said he had been suffering from for a few weeks. 
  5. Russian Consul in Athens, Greece, Andrei Malanin, was found dead in his apartment January 9. A Greek police official said there was "no evidence of a break-in." But Malanin lived on a heavily guarded street. The cause of death needed further investigation, per an AFP report. Malanin served during a time of easing relations between Greece and Russia when Greece was increasingly critiqued by the EU and NATO. 
  6. On the morning of U.S. Election Day, Russian diplomat Sergei Krivov was found unconscious at the Russian Consulate in New York and died on the scene. Initial reports said Krivov fell from the roof and had blunt force injuries, but Russian officials said he died from a heart attack. BuzzFeed reports Krivov may have been a Consular Duty Commander, which would have put him in charge of preventing sabotage or espionage. 
  7. Ex-KGB chief Oleg Erovinkin, who was suspected of helping draft the Trump dossier, was found dead in the back of his car December 26, according to The Telegraph. Erovinkin also was an aide to former deputy prime minister Igor Sechin, who now heads up state-owned Rosneft.

Look I don't want to lead anybody down any conspiratorial rabbit holes, but one of the casualties of this election has been my ability to see things as only coincidental.

MAYBE, everything is just a big ole coincidence, but no part of me believes that is true.


  1. Anonymous8:35 AM

    Perhaps Trump will be next?!!!

    1. There's already been an attempt. Sorta.

  2. Anonymous8:36 AM

    I guess we are lucky that the purge of Obama appointees is only firing. Leave dRUMPf in the WH long, and we will be seeing such assassinations.

    1. Anonymous10:01 AM

      The more he alienates those that protect us,there's a likelihood of just that happening.

  3. Anonymous8:41 AM

    If it has to do with Russia, it is NO coincidence...

  4. Anonymous9:07 AM

    According to Lawrence O'Donnell immunity ENDS at death. I'm not a big conspiracy person but some thing is going on . Not just this but with Russia .
    O/T I live in a town with a large Hispanic community. Everyone says that the ICE buses are large non-descript gray buses. A bunch of them have showed up in our town and the next town sitting in big parking lots.This is like fucking nazi Germany.

  5. Anonymous9:22 AM

    The tundra twat herself said, "there are no coincidences."

    Not a conspiracy theorist by any means, but I keep thinking of that stupid interview, "when Putin rears his head, where does he go? Alasssska." Marina, the BFF Bristol prostitute, "I don't need a title to do my dirty work" admission. Tawd prostitution ring.

    1. Anonymous10:01 AM

      In the name of God. Eye roll.
      The Heath/Palins are as rotten as they come.

    2. Anonymous10:50 AM

      No more Bible verses, $arah, puh-leeze. Those of us raised in church can see what hypocrites your brawling family are.

      "Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools."

  6. Anonymous10:39 AM

    He must have been found in bed with a live girl, or a dead boy. They say THAT will end a career. Unless it was a mysterious poison that Vlad is so adept with.

  7. Anonymous10:40 AM

    I think there is definitely something fishy about the story. Hopefully, if the man's death was not a natural one, there is probably some investigation of it going on. if the investigation is being kept secret for the moment, that's fine with me. I know that the Russians have long been talented at "arranging" deaths that seem natural but are not. Time will tell with this one.

  8. Anonymous10:51 AM

    Surely protocol dictates that US authorities do not comment publically on deaths of foreign diplomats on US soil.

    1. Anonymous11:25 AM

      "on US soil" -- America is now practically Russian soil....
      and that pesky thing that is protocol is out the window along with all things presidential, traditional, factual, constitutional... haven't you been paying attention?

    2. Anonymous5:53 PM

      The way I understand it, the United Nations is not considered "US soil". It's a neutral territory that comes under some other mysterious rules.

  9. Anonymous2:07 PM

    Surely protocol dictates nothing of the sort. Not even Breitbart has said that.
    And Brietbart is as nuts and just about as smooth as they come with editorials.

    Shouldn't you be reading more Breitbart or listening more attentatively to Fox?.
    But thanks for playing!

    1. Anonymous3:39 PM

      I don't read Breitbart, numnutz. But think about it: would the US want foreign officials making statements about any death of a US citizen on foreign soil?

    2. Anonymous6:02 PM

      US want foreign officials making statements about any death of a US citizen on foreign soil?
      What difference would it make? I don't read all the foreign newspapers but if someone is killed and is a US citizen, it is still reported.

  10. Anonymous2:19 PM

    Isnt the orange fart gone yet?


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