President Vladimir Putin has a fine art of controlling his enemies. Don’t know how many times Putin has been accused of murder to murder. Come, let us tell you today about those 13 enemies and critics of Putin who were very close to Putin at one time but after betrayal were killed or life was made worse.
Putin criticizes who’ve ended up dead: Whoever has messed with Russian President Vladimir Putin, has either been killed or is counting the last breaths of his life in prison bars. Stabbing Putin in the back becomes fatal only for his enemies, be it Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of the Wagner Group, or Alexei Navalny, Russia’s opposition leader.
Recently, President Vladimir Putin thwarted the plans of traitor Yevgeny Prigozhin and ended the crisis of civil war in just 24 hours. Prigozhin, who was once considered Putin’s loyal friend, has today joined the list of Putin’s staunchest enemies.
President Vladimir Putin’s 13 arch enemies
Putin has a fine art of controlling his enemies. Don’t know how many times Putin has been accused of murder to murder. Maybe that’s why till date whoever messed with Putin has gone to death in one way or the other. Come, let us tell you today about those 13 enemies and critics of Putin who were very close to Putin at one time, but after betrayal were killed or life was made worse.
Opposition leader Alexei Navalny rotting in jail
The first name in the list of President Vladimir Putin’s enemies comes from opposition leader Alexei Navalny. He is considered a staunch critic of Putin. In 2011, Navalny first raised the issue of corruption against Putin’s party, due to which he had to spend 15 days in jail. In 2021, Navalny had to go to jail along with his wife Yulia for protesting against President Vladimir Putin.
Earlier, in 2020, Navalny fainted on a flight. He claimed that Putin tried to kill him by poisoning him. However, the Russian police rejected these allegations. In 2019, Navalni was jailed for 1 month. During this also an attempt was made to poison him. Navalny’s sentence was commuted to 9 years in 2022. He was charged with embezzlement and contempt of court and is still in jail.
Pavel Antonov – December 2022
Russian tycoon Pavel Antonov reportedly died after falling from a hotel window in Raigad, India on December 25, 2022, 25 days after his 65th birthday. The politician and millionaire took to WhatsApp to criticize Putin’s war with Ukraine after a missile attack in Kiev earlier this year. However, he later deleted his message and also claimed that it was written by someone else(President Vladimir Putin).
Ravil Maganov – September 2022
Ravil Maganov, president of the Lukoil oil company, openly criticized Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Soon after the war began, the oil company called for an early end to the armed conflict, reports CNBC. Maganov, like Antonev, died mysteriously in September after falling from a hospital window in Moscow.
Dan Rapoport – August 2022
Businessman Dan Rapoport publicly condemned the Russia-Ukraine war several times on social media. He was always in support of Ukraine. He was found dead in his Washington apartment in August. According to the police, a Florida driver’s license, a black cap, Rs 2 lakh 5 thousand 114 in cash and an orange flip-flop were recovered from Dan.
Mikhail Lesin – November 2016
Russian Press Minister Mikhail Lesin was found dead in a Washington hotel room in November 2015. He had a deep injury on his head. Lessin founded the English-language television network Russia Today (RT).
Boris Nemtsov – February 2015
The death of Boris Nemtsov, a big critic of Putin, was very painful. He was shot dead a few yards from the Kremlin as he was walking home from a restaurant. In 2014, he criticized Putin over Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea.
Boris Berezovsky – March 2013
Russia’s big business tycoon Boris Berezovsky had to leave the country after a rift with Putin. He was found dead under mysterious circumstances at his Berkshire home in March 2013. Berezovsky was found dead inside a locked bathroom with a bandage around his neck. Till now it is not known how he died. British police had on several occasions investigated alleged assassination attempts against him.
Natalia Estemirova – July 2009
Natalia Estemirova was a female journalist. She exposed human rights abuses committed by the Russian state in Chechnya. Natalia was abducted outside her house and her body was later found in a forest. Natalia was shot in the head. No one has been convicted for his murder(President Vladimir Putin).
Stanislav Markelov and Anastasia Baburova – January 2009
Politkovskaya and the other journalists were represented by human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov. All of them were vocal critics of Putin. He was shot by a masked gunman near the Kremlin. When journalist Anastasia Baburova, who was walking with him, tried to help him, she too was shot.
Alexander Litvinenko – November 2006
Alexander Litvinenko was a former KGB agent. He was found dead in a London hotel. His tea was laced with lethal polonium-210, which killed him three weeks after drinking it. When the British investigation took place it was found that Litvinenko had been poisoned. The poisoning was given by FSB agents Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun and ordered by Patrushev and President Putin.
Anna Politkovskaya – October 2006
Anna Politkovskaya was a Russian journalist who was a staunch critic of Putin. In his book ‘Putin’s Russia’, he accused Putin of turning his country into a police state. He was murdered by contract killers. He was shot at close range in the lift outside his flat. Five people were convicted for his murder(President Vladimir Putin).
Paul Klebnikov – July 2004
Paul Klebnikov was the editor-in-chief of the Russian edition of Forbes. He wrote about corruption and explored the lives of wealthy Russians. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, he was murdered in a drive-by shooting(President Vladimir Putin).
Sergey Yushenkov – April 2003
Sergei Yushenkov was a Russian politician. Sergei was killed by a single shot in the chest just hours after the political organization Liberal Russia was recognized as a party by the Ministry of Justice(President Vladimir Putin).