11. ALEX ORONOV (age 68)
Mar. 2, 2017, died in New York, NY
Links to Trump: Significant
Just the Facts: Ukrainian businessman and multi-millionaiare, Alex Oronov, died unexpectedly and under as-yet-unexplained circumstances. His death was first reported by Ukranian politician (Parliment member) Andriy Artemenko, a friend of Oronov’s.
• No official statement has been released stating exactly how Oronov died.
• In February, 2017, Ukrainian prosecutors began investigating Ukrainian politician, Andrii Artemenko, under a suspicion of treason for “working with two associates of President Trump’s to promote a plan for settling Ukraine’s conflicts with Russia” (NY Times). According to Ukrainian court filings, Artemenko camae up with a plan outlining steps to end the Russian-Crimean conflict. An end to these hostilities would allow Trump to lift the sanctions on Russia, which are currently blocking the $500 billion joint-drilling deal that was struck in 2014 between ExxonMobile (CEO, Rex Tillerson, now Sec. of State) and Rosneft (see information under #5 – Oleg Erovinkin).
• In January, Artemenko visited New York “to discuss the plan with Michael D. Cohen, Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, and with Felix H. Sater, a Russian-American business associate of the Trump Organization who scouted business opportunities in Russia for the company as recently as 2015. Mr. Cohen said he delivered the proposal to the White House in a sealed envelope in early February.”
Artemenko claims he received direct encouragement for the plan by Russian authorities. The peace proposal by Artemenko was delivered by Cohen, Trump’s attorney, to the office of Michael Flynn, the former National Security Advisor forced to resign because of his lies about having never met with any Russian officials during the Trump’s transition to the White House.
• Felix H. Sater pleaded guilty to a 1990s “money laundering and stock manipulation” scheme. A 2000 federal indictment “described Mr. Sater as an ‘unindicted co-conspirator’ and a key figure in a $40 million scheme involving 19 stockbrokers and organized crime figures from four Mafia families. The indictment asserted that Mr. Sater helped create fraudulent stock brokerages that were used to defraud investors and launder money.”
• According to Artemenko, it was Alex Oronov who arranged the meeting between himself, Cohen, and Sater.
• Artemenko, in his public announcement of Oronov’s death, implied that he died because of pressure/stress that he endured amid the ongoing Russia-Trump-Ukraine investigation, especially the stress he felt from journalists seeking answers: “I mentioned his name in response to an American journalist who had asked me, ‘How are you acquainted with Michael Choek — President Trump’s personal lawyer?’ Yes, I named Alex Oronov, my partner, mentor, teacher and friend. Alex was a relative of Michael Cohen and he was one of those who organized my meeting with him. From that moment onward, his life, and my own, became a kind of hell. Thousands of calls, harassment on the streets, email queries, calls to friends, relatives and acquaintances. And all of it comes with an important subtext – we have now finally confirmed the link between the Trump and Putin administrations, thanks to his Ukrainian deputy! I have endured all of this along with my family, who can testify to the depth of this harrowing experience. . . . I am surviving and I will fight!!! Unfortunately, his heart could not endure it. He died! Overvoltage, nerves, injustice, resentment and suspicions based on a grave misunderstanding. Friend, your death will not have been in vain, nor will the deaths of tens of thousands of Ukrainians and Russians during this wild, undeclared war! Rest in peace and forgive me if you can, as difficult as that may be!”
• Alex Oronov was the father-in-law of Bryan Cohen, the brother of Michael D. Cohen, Trump’s attorney. Michael Cohen initially verified to the New York Times that he did indeed deliver the so-called “Peace Plan” to the White House. This delivery was also verfied to the New York Times by Mr. Sater. Later, however, Cohen “walked back his initial story, telling The Washington Post hours after the Times story was published that he hadn’t delivered the plan to Flynn or discussed it with anyone in the White House.” In fact, Michael Cohen has changed his story several times:
1. During a pre-Feb. 19, 2017 interview with the New York Times, Cohen said that when he met with Trump in the Oval Office in early February, “he left the proposal in Mr. Flynn’s office.” Cohen also said he was waiting for a response when Flynn resigned (see NYT article published Feb. 19, 2017). The day after this story broke, Russia’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died of heart failure.
2. On Feb. 19, 2017, hours after the above NYT story was released, “Cohen told The Washington Post that he had not delivered any “Peace Plan” to Flynn, nor had he discussed it with anyone in the White House. He did admit, however, that he’d met with Sater and Artemenko in New York, very briefly, but then told to The Post: “[I] emphatically deny discussing this topic or delivering any documents to the White House and/or General Flynn.” Cohen added that he told Artemenko to mail his “Peace Plan” document to the White House.
3. On Feb. 20, 2017, during an interview with MSNBC, Cohen again denied “discussing this topic or delivering any documents to the White House and/or General Flynn.” But then, oddly, he seemed to backtrack a bit, saying, if he had taken an envelope with a Ukrainian plan to the White House, “‘So what? What’s wrong with that?’”
4. On Feb. 20, 2017, Cohen sent a text message to Business Insider in which he denied “even knowing what the plan is.” He later texted Business insider again, saying he met with Artemenko for “under 10 minutes” during which time he did discuss “a proposal” (i.e., non-specific) that Artemenko said would “create world peace.”
Official Cause Of Death: Serious Illness / Cancer?
Additional Death Information #1: Oronov’s son-in-law, Bryan Cohen (Michael Cohen’s brother), claims that Oronov died of a prolonged illness. It is assumed Oronov might have died of cancer, since he had recently spent three-months at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (New York, NY). Michael Cohen has refused all requests for a comment on Oronov’s death.
Additional Death Information #2: In a Mar. 7, 2017 FB post, Artemenko reversed himself by adamantly contradicting his initial FB post about Oronov being involved with setting up the “peace plan” meeting with Bryan Cohen and Felix Sater. In this second post, Artemenko said Oronov was in NO WAY connected to the “peace plan.”
Contrary to his first post, Artemenko’s Mar. 7 post stated: “1. Alex Oronov did not and could not have co-authored ‘Artemenko’s plan’ — simply because such a ‘plan’ did not exist, which I publicly stated at my press conference on February 27. There are, however, our peace initiatives, the implementation of which I continue to work on at present. 2. Alex Oronov was a successful businessman and principally did not deal with politics. Anybody who’s met him, primarily in Ukraine and the United States, knows that.”