According to SOFREP, President Vladimir Putin’s government is responsible for more than three dozen suicides and assassinations of high government officials.
On Tuesday, Russia’s foreign minister to Belarus appears to be the latest addition to the list of unexpected deaths. Vladimir Makei, 64, died days after meeting with Russian officials in Armenia.
Russian officials initially stated that Makai suffered a heart attack and died on Nov. 26. However, a Belarusian news outlet, Nasha Niva, cited four unnamed sources saying that Makei committed suicide.
Nasha Niva noted, “Makei’s friends say he was painfully upset by the collapse of the course he was leading.”
The outlet also reported that “those close to Makei did not believe he was murdered,” according to the New York Post.
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, a pro-Putin dictator, had indicated his intent to replace Makei.
The foreign minister had served in his post since 2012.
The New York Post indicated that Makei had been shunned by Lukashenko in recent weeks, noting, “It was very perceptible to him.”
Another unnamed source reportedly said: “[Makei] understood that the former high position [he was occupying] was coming to an end. And after his heights, he did not see himself anywhere else.”
Sources added that Makei increasingly felt “unnecessary” and “sometimes simply out of place.”
Strangely, earlier in 2022, Makei said: “I don’t remember who said it, but if you are going to be executed, then it is better to be executed for loyalty than for treason.”
Nasha Niva also reported that Makei and his wife, Vera Polyakova, were experiencing marital problems, which may have prompted his suicide.
Lukashenko attended Makei’s funeral, but no representatives from the Kremlin were present.
Unsubstantiated reports note that Makei may have been poisoned by Russian operatives during meetings at the Collective Security Treaty Organization summit in Armenia.
A notable former Russian businessman and opposition activist, Leonid Nevzlin, claimed that Makei “died as a result of poisoning using a poison developed in an FSB special laboratory.”
Nevzlin, citing sources “close to the Russian special services,” claimed that the Russian agents have access to poisons that prompt a stroke or heart failure.
The Post noted, “Belarus has refused to disclose full details of Makei’s death other than to suggest he suffered a heart attack.”
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