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A Russian official accused of directing the foreign operations of Natalia Veselnitskaya, the lawyer who met senior Trump campaign officials in 2016, has plummeted to his death in a helicopter crash.
Russian Deputy Attorney General Saak Albertovich Karapetyan was exposed in a Swiss court this year for a plot to enlist another nation’s law-enforcement official as a double-agent for the Kremlin.
The article goes on to state the following:
Media reports in Russia say he died Wednesday night when his helicopter crashed into a forest during an unauthorized flight in the Kostroma region, northeast of Moscow.
Karapetyan, 58, was intimately familiar with some of the most notorious operations carried out under the orders of Vladimir Putin. He worked closely with Veselnitskaya as well as running some of Moscow’s most high-profile efforts to thwart international investigations into Russia’s alleged crimes.
It was Karapetyan who signed a letter from the Russian government refusing to help the U.S. in a civil case it was pursuing linked to the death of Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer who was trying to expose a $230 million fraud in Russia. Leaked emails have since shown that Veselnitskaya helped to draft the document sent with that letter.
The Daily Beast further reported:
It is not known why experienced pilot Stanislav Mikhnov, 54, reportedly decided to take off after nightfall in adverse conditions without authorities’ approval. A third man, Arek Harutyunyan, was also killed, according to the Russian news agency Interfax.
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Another news outlet, the DAILY MAIL, reported extensive details on the crash as well, including the following:
Deputy prosecutor-general Saak Karapetyan – a former MP and long-time ally of President Vladimir Putin – died last night when his AS-350 came down in Kostroma region northeast of Moscow.
His death came just hours before four Russian intelligence officers were outed by the Dutch government as having tried to hack the global chemical weapons watchdog OPCW in The Hague in April, shortly after the Novichok attack in Salisbury, UK.
Coincidentally, Karapetyan had been in charge of the Russian criminal investigations into the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March.
He also led the investigation into the deaths of Putin foe Boris Berezovsky, and dissident Alexander Litvinenko – which both took place on UK soil.
— Massis Post (@MassisPost) October 4, 2018
Vladimir Putin’s top legal advisor just killed in mystery helicopter crash.#SaakKarapetyan, 58, was Russia’s deputy prosecutor general and a harsh critic of the UK in the aftermath of the Skripal poisoning#Veselnitskaya #TrumpTowerMeeting #Skripal https://t.co/CjJeTq2Msk
— (((LG7))) (@Lechatbon) October 4, 2018
— Liveuamap (@Liveuamap) October 4, 2018
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