Russia is no stranger to political assassinations, as was apparent when opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down within sight of the Kremlin on February 27, 2015. Vladimir Putin was quick to not only deny any involvement but also took “personal control” of the investigation into Nemtsov’s murder, however, the killer remains at large.
Since taking power in March 2000, there have been a lot of critics of Putin who have mysteriously met a grizzly end. Whether you’re a journalist (it’s estimated that 28 journalists have been suspiciously killed since he came to power), a political opponent (Nemtsov is far from the only opponent who has died under mysterious circumstances), and as 2022 is showing, being an oligarch in Russia (Putin has allegedly been linked to the deaths of 38 oligarchs) comes with a hefty price tag, your life.
Since the outbreak of the conflict in Ukraine, a whole laundry list of Russia’s political and business elite have met their end in very suspicious circumstances. Many international observers and investigators believe the 8 mysterious deaths on this list have been staged suicides or assassinations due to their stance on the Kremlin’s aggression against Ukraine or their links to corruption in the Russian gas company Gazprom.