In Russia, the oppositionist Konstantin Sinitsyn was killed- Photo available from free sources via 24tv.ua Isn’t that a poster of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov in the background? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Nemtsov
St. Petersburg is Putin’s hometown, and where he got his political start, and has been accused of corruption: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/putin-and-the-100-million-deal-that-disappeared-investigator-died-of-natural-causes-weeks-after-talking-to-journalists/
DailyKos blogger, capkronos, observes regarding this case that “… Putin opponents have a strange habit of finding themselves at the wrong place (like their own doorstep) at the wrong time and ending up being murdered….” https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/2/4/1738604/-Anti-Putin-activist-Konstantin-Sinitsyn-found-murdered
Less than a year ago in St. Petersburg: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/russian-journalist-dies-after-severe-beating-april-20-2017-putin-critic-known-for-reporting-corruption-and-human-rights-abuses/
Putin’s Russia is just really out of control. And, as long as those outside of Russia continue to do business in and with Russia nothing will change. The sanctions are so weak as to be almost non-existent. Cummins, that US VP Pence’s brother is just retiring from this year, is still doing business there; Trump friend-advisor Carl Icahn’s still doing business there with his Federal-Mogul; Exxon and Shell are still there at Sakhalin; Ford is still there, etc. The Russian government and oligarchs are still allowed to do business in the US and sometimes hold strategic assets (e.g. Evraz). Europe is highly dependent upon Russia for its energy. No one is making sacrifices as was done in World War II, even though there were major sanctions busters then, within Switzerland; Franco’s Spain, and Turkey, and others, depending on the point in time. At least there was an international effort to do serious sanctions.
By RFE/RL: https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-prominent-activist-found-dead-update/29016514.html
“Prominent St. Petersburg Opposition Activist Found Dead
February 03, 2018 17:20 GMT, RFE/RL’s Russian Service
Russian opposition activist Konstantin Sinitsyn has been found dead of head injuries in the entranceway to his St. Petersburg apartment building.
St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly lawmaker Boris Vishnevsky posted the news on February 2, although the incident apparently happened on January 26.
Vishnevsky said Sinitsyn died of trauma to the head and that police had detained one suspect. Authorities say they believe the motive was robbery.
Sinitsyn, 53, was a regular participant in pro-democracy and anticorruption demonstrations in St. Petersburg.
In 2015, he supported a wave of protests conducted by long-distance truckers against rising road tariffs. He also figured prominently in St. Petersburg protests against a government decision to hand the landmark St. Isaac’s Cathedral over to the Russian Orthodox Church”. With reporting by Fontanka. ru Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036. https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-prominent-activist-found-dead-update/29016514.html
In “Anti-Putin activist Konstantin Sinitsyn found murdered“, capkronos observes at DailyKos, regarding the article, that “… Putin opponents have a strange habit of finding themselves at the wrong place (like their own doorstep) at the wrong time and ending up being murdered….
‘Authorities say they believe the motive was robbery.’
Of course they do.
According to a tally by USA Today and British journalist Sarah Hurst, as of May 2017, ’38 prominent Russians’ were ‘victims of unsolved murders or suspicious deaths since the beginning of 2014.’…
Prior to 2014, the list of mysterious deaths of Putin critics / investigators / Russian government opposition is even more extensive…” Read original-entire article here: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/2/4/1738604/-Anti-Putin-activist-Konstantin-Sinitsyn-found-murdered
Russian article from 24TV Ukraine: https://24tv.ua/ru/v_sankt_peterburge_ubit_rossijskij_oppozicioner_sinicyn_n922133