4. ANDREV KARLOV (age 62)
Ambassador to Turkey
Dec. 19, 2016, died in Ankara, Turkey
Established Links to Trump: Unknown
Just the Facts: Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrev Karlov, was assassinated while speaking at an embassy-sponsored photo exhibition at an art gallery in Ankara, Turkey. His killer, a 22-year-old named Mevlut Mert Altintas, was an off-futy police officer, a member of the Special Operations Unit, who used his police credentials to enter the museum with a gun. During the assassination, Altintas yelled “Don’t forget Aleppo!,” “Don’t forget Syria!,” and “Allahu Akbar” (“God is Greatest”). He also screamed, “Only death will remove me from here. Everyone who has taken part in this oppression will one by one pay for it.” Altintas was subsequently killed in a gun battle with security forces. In the following photo, Altintas can be seen lurking behind Karlov just seconds before killing him.
• Karlov had no bodyguard. Retired Soviet ambassador Pogos Akopov told Vzglyad newspaper that “he was surprised there were no bodyguards with Karlov and blamed both Turkish and Russian security for his death. ‘It’s known that terrorists are operating in Turkey, maximum precautionary measures should have been taken,’ he said. ‘Our special services should have warned him about this.’”
• Karlov’s entourage, which included his wife, was not assigned a security team. In response to questions about this apparent glitch in security, Russia’s foreign ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, stated: “As far as internal security, that’s regulated by internal documents.” She declined any further comments.
• Just before the attack, Altintas was standing/pacing for several minutes behind Karlov (see above photo). He remained there unchallenged by police or security officers. He eventually drew his gun and assassinating Karlov. An “anonymous member” of Zaslon (i.e., the “highly secretive unit of Russia’s foreign intelligence service that has guarded diplomats in . . . high-risk countries”) was quoted by the news agency Rosbalt as saying that Zaslon had been denied permission to deploy in Turkey. According to this unnamed source, if Zaslon had been guarding Karlov, “absolutely no people would have been behind the diplomat’s back during his speech.”
Official Cause Of Death: Assassination