Pro-Russian Businessman With Links to Trump dies

American naturalized businessman born in Ukraine, with family ties to President Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen, died in unexpected circumstances on March 2.

Alex Oronov, a 69-year-old naturalised American citizen who ran an agricultural business in his native Ukraine, died on 2 March, according to a Facebook post by Ukranian politician Andrii Artemenko, The Independent reported.

Mr Oronov is reported to have set up a secret meeting between Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen- and Russian officials where a “peace plan” is said to have been hatched to give Russian President Vladimir Putin control of the Crimea.

Mr Cohen is understood to have an extensive network of personal and business relationships in the Ukranian-American community – and his associates included Mr Oronov, a partner in the ethanol business the lawyer’s brother, Bryan, set up in Ukraine.

Mr. Artemenko in his post revealed that it was Mr. Oronov who introduced him to Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

Oronov’s death is the latest in a series of mysterious deaths which have visited senior Russian diplomats in the past three months:

— Vitaly Churkin, 64, Russia’s permanent ambassador to the UN, died last month in New York after suddenly becoming ill on his way to work the day before his 65th birthday. It was reported he had suffered a heart attack, but an autopsy proved inconclusive.

— Andrei Malanin, 55, the Russian consul in Athens, was found dead in January on the floor of his apartment in Greece. Greek police said there was no evidence of a break-in and he was believed to have died of natural causes.

— Alexander Kadakin, 67, Russia’s ambassador to India, was reported to have died of heart failure in January after a “brief illness.”

— Sergei Krivov, 63, a senior Russian diplomat, was found on 8 November, U.S. Election Day, unconscious on the grounds outside his office at the Russian consulate in New York. He suffered severe – and unexplained — head injuries. Russian sources initially said he had fallen to his death following a heart attack, but a report from medical examiners was inconclusive.

— Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, was killed on 19 December in Ankara by a policeman at a photography exhibition.

— Peter Polshikov, a senior officials at the Russian foreign ministry, was shot dead in his Moscow apartment on the same day (19 December).

— Oleg Erovinkin, the former chief of the KGB, who is said to have provided former British MI6 operative Christopher Steele with material for a dossier on Donald Trump, was found dead in the back of his car on 26 December. Russian officials claimed he had died of a heart attack.

(The Independent, HSN, pht)