The President of Russia wields immense power, making it challenging for anyone, both inside and outside the country, to oppose him easily. Those who have dared to oppose him or the Russian government have often met untimely deaths. This article will shed light on the stories of some individuals who found themselves in such unfortunate circumstances.
One notable figure is Prigozhin, the leader of the Russian Wagmar group. In 2014, Prigozhin established the Wagner Group, a state-funded private military company, with the aim of supporting Putin’s interests in Ukraine. In June of a certain year, Prigozhin played a significant role in suppressing a rebellion.
When he eventually declared an end to the uprising, Putin exiled him to Belarus. Tragically, Prigogine’s life came to a tragic end in a plane crash on August 23, 2023. There are suspicions that Russia may have been involved in causing the plane crash, possibly with Putin’s involvement.
Another figure, Yushenkov, was a prominent liberal Russian political leader. He led the Liberal Russia political party until his assassination on April 17, 2003, when he was shot dead. Yushenkov had been working to expose the involvement of the Federal Security Service in the 1999 bombings.
Stanislav Markelov, the President of the Rule of Law Institute, was another individual who met a tragic fate. Markelov dedicated his work to advocating for the rights of victims of the Moscow Theater hostage crisis. Unfortunately, he was shot dead.
Natalia Estemirova, who had Russian and Chechen heritage, also worked on similar causes. She contributed to newspapers such as The Voice and The Worker of Grozny. Tragically, Estemirova was abducted from her home on July 15, 2009, and her lifeless body was discovered the following day.
Sergei Magnitsky was a brilliant individual who excelled in physics and mathematics as a child. Later, he pursued higher education in economics at the university. He joined Firestone Duncan as a tax auditor for Hermitage Capital Management, a client firm. Magnitsky uncovered a colossal tax fraud committed by a government official, marking the largest in Russian history.
He was held in prison for 11 months without trial, where he endured torture and ultimately lost his life in custody, just 13 days before he was supposed to be brought to court or released. His requests for medical attention went unanswered.