Alex Oronov, Another Link in the Trump-Russia Scandal Dies Suddenly

WASHINGTON, March 6, 2017—Yet another figure in the Trump-Russia scandal, Alex Oronov, died suddenly last Thursday at the age of 69. Oronov’s death is notable because at least eight Russian diplomats–three of whom had connections to the Trump-Russia scandal–have died suddenly since Trump was elected. Oronov’s appears to be the latest in a long line of suspicious deaths since November 8.

Oronov, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Ukraine, was the head of BZC/Grain Alliance, an agribusiness concern based in his native country. He was also the father-in-law of Michael Cohen’s brother, as well as a partner of Cohen in an ethanol business in Ukraine. Michael Cohen is Trump’s longtime personal attorney and notoriously said you can’t rape your spouse.

According to reports, Oronov was responsible for facilitating the meeting between Ukrainian MP Andrey Artemenko, Felix Sater, and Cohen that produced a Ukrainian “peace” proposal that was later hand-delivered to Michael Flynn just hours before his resignation. The plan would give Vladimir Putin control of Crimea and would oust the current president of Ukraine.

Russian-born American businessman Felix Sater is a Trump business associate and suspected of having ties to the Russian mafia. Neither Sater nor Cohen have any foreign policy experience.

There is little information regarding Oronov’s death. Palmer Report revealed that at the time of his death, Oronov was a resident of Trump Hollywood, a Trump-branded condominium complex in Hollywood, Florida.

“He did not die of old age, nor by accident or from illness, but at the hands of American journalists who have intervened in his life!!!” wrote Artemenko in a rambling Facebook post announcing Oronov’s death.

The precise cause of Oronov’s death is not clear. Artemenko’s post indicates it may have been related to some kind of heart problem, “Unfortunately, his heart could not endure it. He died…”



Featured image: Geraint Rowland, Flickr Creative Commons

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