Six deaths of Russian diplomats in just a span of four months could be simply random deaths, or a case of unfortunate and tragic coincidence but when most, if not all, of the said deaths are unexpected and clouded in mysterious circumstances, it will certainly trigger conspiracy theorists to have a field day speculating and trying to make sense of the said deaths.
For one, several deaths have been blamed on 'heart attacks' or were attributed to 'brief illnesses' by officials despite pieces of evidence pointing to the contrary.
The most recent death is that of Russian ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, 64, who suffered a sudden death in New York last week. Churkin was rushed to the hospital from his office at Russia's UN Mission on February 20 after becoming ill without prior warning just as he was on his way to work. Earlier reports said Churkin suffered a heart attack but medical examiners who performed an autopsy later stated that the death required further study.
Churkin's passing became the sixth case of Russian diplomats' deaths since November, and conspiracy theorists are pointing to a mysterious and scary pattern surrounding the deaths, many of which are unexplained. Churkin's death, for instance, is notably similar to the deaths of Russia's ambassador to India on January 27, Russia's consul in Athens on January 9 and the death of a Russian diplomat in New York on November 8 last year, the day of the U.S. presidential election. These three deaths also pointed to 'heart attacks' or the result of ' brief illnesses' as the culprit.
Two more diplomats died in the same period but theirs were due to more violent circumstances: the explosive headline-making assassination of Russia's ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, in Ankara at a photography exhibit on December 19 last year, the day the U.S. Congress confirmed the victory of President Trump. Also on the same day, another Russian diplomat, Peter Polshikov, was shot dead in his Moscow apartment.
There is also the case of an ex-KGB chief, Oley Erovinkin, suspected of assisting a British spy draft a dossier on Trump, was discovered dead in the back of his car on December 26 last year, boxing day.
While there's no conclusive pieces of evidence that would establish if the deaths could have been all cases of deliberate murders after all, conspiracy theorists' curious minds can't help but draw a chilling pattern and pose even more puzzling and scary questions and prospects. The biggest questions, of course, are: assuming they have all been murdered, who could be behind the cold blooded killings and why would they want the Russian diplomats silenced and gone?