Whoever has negative opinions about Putin's regime, dies in

Whoever has negative opinions about Putin’s regime, dies in

Washington police say they have no suspects after Dan Rapoport’s death. The victim’s relatives are furious. And the city where this happened does not give importance to the incident, according to a material published by Politico.com.

Thus, the mysterious death of an outspoken critic of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine in Washington’s West End draws the indignation of some of the harshest and best-known critics of the Kremlin, but in Washington the incident goes relatively unnoticed, with the police saying that Dan Rapoport’s fall from a luxury apartment building on August 14th is not expected to have been the result of any conspiracy.

Those who have negative opinions about Putin’s regime die suspiciously, says a former Moscow financier

In his opinion, “I think the circumstances of the death are extremely dubious”, says Bill Browder, former financier from Moscow, who later became a staunch supporter of sanctions after the assassination of the Russian jurist, Sergei Magnitsky.

Incidentally, Bill Browder met Rapoport in Moscow, several years ago, before they stopped benefiting from the favors of the Russian regime. “Wherever someone expresses any negative opinion about the Vladimir Putin regime, the person dies suspiciously,” he says.

Thus, “Dan is the smartest man I have ever met”, says Iuri Somov, who befriended Rapoport in Washington. “And I met people like Kissinger and Greenspan. I am a professional translator. He was incredibly fiery, but in the good sense of the word.”

Currently, Somov considers himself apolitical, but says his friend was different. He was a romantic. “He believed that things could change and that he could be involved in those changes.”

Moreover, Somov, who says he is devastated by Rapoport’s death, is among those who believe the story of his suicide is entirely plausible.

“In Russia, not every unexplained death is the work of the KGB or other services,” says Fiona Hill, former White House Russia specialist, who met Rapoport through Somov.

Incident related to business rather than politics?

Close to Rapoport – but outside the political sphere, his Soho Rooms partner died in an apparent suicide after he himself fell from a building in Moscow in 2017. A friend of Rapoport says the incident could be related to business rather than politics, writes Politico.com.

And David Satter, a former Soviet-era and post-Soviet correspondent who in 2013 became the first American reporter to be expelled from Russia since World War II and is now a frequent columnist for The Wall Street Journal, being also the author of several books about Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

A friend of Rapoport’s speculated that the incident may be related to business rather than politics, though Satter says the two cannot be so easily separated. “Even if it was about some business interests, that doesn’t mean that Russian intelligence services weren’t involved,” he says. “They often take advantage of such disputes.”

However, the Russian embassy did not respond to a request for comment.

About this, the FBI says it cannot say whether it is involved in the investigation along with local authorities. And, you see, God, a doctor’s expertise isn’t here to clear things up any time soon. All suicides, natural or not, are subject to an autopsy, which could take up to 90 days.

Meanwhile, people who think things are dubious — as well as those who think they’re just impressive — may be able to find some evidence in Rapoport’s last Facebook post, three days before his death.

It was the photo of Marlon Brando from ‘Apocalypse Now’, accompanied by the character’s strange words: “The horror, the horror”.