6. OLEG EROVINKIN (age 61)
Ex-KGB Chief / FSB Chief
Dec. 29, 2016, died in Moscow, Russia
Established Links to Trump: Noteworthy
Just the Facts: Russian Ex-KGB/FSB chief and Oleg Erovinkin, was found dead in his car in Moscow.
• Erovinkin was found in the backseat of his car. (Russian authorities have not explained the body’s location)
• Just before Erovinkin’s death, Russian officials had started “a purge inside the cyber-operations branch of the FSB. As of March 5, 2017 several officers have been detained and charged with treason. At least four individuals have been arrested, including Sergei Mikhailov (head of the FSB’s Information Security Center) and his deputy. A lawyer for one of the men “said his client is charged with providing ‘several special services to the United States’” (i.e., providing information to the CIA).
A. Erovinkin, in addition to being a spy, was the Chief of Staff to Igor Sechin (Russia’s former Deputy Prime Minister), who is currently the president of Rosneft, Russia’s state-owned oil company. Erovinkin was hand-picked and appointed to his position at Rosneft by Putin. He was also a key a liaison between the Russian president and Sechin, who was himself hand-picked and appointed to his position at Rosneft.
B. It is widely believed that Erovinkin was the inside source who leaked information about Trump’s salacious activities in Russia to British spy, Christopher Steele, who in turn placed that information into his “dirty dossier” on Trump. Steele has never confirmed, nor denied, the identity of his inside source, only stating that his information came from someone “close to Igor Sechin.” However, based on various comments in the dossier, which often refers to Sechin, it is likely that his source was indeed Erovinkin.
C. Rex Tillerson, former CEO of ExxonMobil and current Sec. of State appointed by Trump, “has long been on close terms with Sechin, as the two have partnered on oil deals” (approx. ten deals). The most significant of these deals was a 2011/2012 $500 billion offshore joint-drilling venture between ExxoMobil and Rosneft; a deal that was stopped cold in 2014 by US sanctions against Russia. ExxonMobile responded, under Tillerson’s watch, by lobbying against the sanctions and advocated a lifting of them as soon as possible.
D. According to the “dirty dossier,” a secret meeting was held in Moscow in July 2016 between Igor Sechin and Carter Page, who was at that time a member of Trump’s foreign policy team. In this alleged meeting, Sechin and Page discussed the possible lifting of US sanctions against Russia should Trump become president, in exchange for a 19% stake in Rosneft. This meeting has not yet been verfied. Coincidentally, in December 2016, Rosneft announced that it had sold a 19.5% stake in the company [$11.3 billion] . . . to various parties, some unknown thanks to the use of multiple accounts, including “a Cayman Islands company whose beneficial owners cannot be traced.” Page has denied meeting Sechin.
Official Cause Of Death: “Heart Attack” (per Russia’s state-run news agency)
Additional Death Information: See “Additional Death Information” on the heart attack gun under Sergei Krivov.