Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Dorell nailing Putin

Oren Durell with wife Ginny Knapp Dorell
Former BJ reporter Oren Dorell is getting a lot of attention for his USA Today article about Russian president Vladimir Putin’s opponents dropping dead. 38 of them in 40 months. Stalin must be proud.

Russian opposition activist Vladimir Kara-Murza survived TWO poisonings.

A former member of the Russian parliament is gunned down in broad daylight in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. A longtime Russian ambassador to the United Nations drops dead at work. A Russian-backed commander in the breakaway Ukrainian province of Donetsk is blown up in an elevator. A Russian media executive is found dead in his Washington, D.C., hotel room.

They are among 38 prominent Russians who are victims of unsolved murders or suspicious deaths since the beginning of 2014, according to a list compiled by USA TODAY and British journalist Sarah Hurst, who has done research in Russia.

The list contains 10 high-profile critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin, seven diplomats, six associates of Kremlin power brokers who had a falling out — often over corruption — and 13 military or political leaders involved in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, including commanders of Russian-backed separatist forces. Two are possibly connected to a dossier alleging connections between President Trump's campaign staff and Kremlin officials that was produced by a former British spy and shared with the FBI.

Twelve were shot, stabbed or beaten to death. Six were blown up. Ten died allegedly of natural causes. One died of mysterious head injuries, one reportedly slipped and hit his head in a public bath, one was hanged in his jail cell, and one died after drinking coffee. 

Trump praised Putin in March 2016 as a "strong leader."

The FBI and Congress are investigating contacts between Kremlin officials and Trump's campaign advisers, as part of its investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The story has Oren on the TV talk-show circuit. Oren and wife Ginny Knapp Dorell both worked at Ol’ Blue Walls, which is where they met. Oren covered Barberton/Norton and the swing shift on the night desk. Ginny worked on the copy desk. Both from 1998-2000.


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