Former KGB Chief Oleg Erovinkin Who Allegedly Helped To Compile 'Golden Shower' Dossier On Donald Trump Found Dead

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A former Russian KGB and FSB general believed to have been the source of the information contained in the infamous "golden showers" dossier on President Donald Trump, compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, was found dead in mysterious circumstance in his car on Boxing Day, December 26.

The death of Oleg Erovinkin, former senior KGB and FSB officer, has sparked claims that he was murdered by the Kremlin because of his alleged involvement in the compilation of the Trump dossier, the Telegraph reports.

Erovinkin is alleged to have been the Russian source of the information leaked to the public through Steele's dossier on Trump. Steele claimed in his leaked intelligence report dated July 19, 2016, that he obtained the information from a source close to Igor Sechin, a former Russian deputy prime minister who now heads the state-owned oil company Rosneft.

Based on Steele's comments in his intelligence report, it is believed widely that Erovinkin, a key aide to Sechin who reportedly served as a liaison officer between Sechin and the Russian president Vladimir Putin, was the Russian source of the "golden showers" dossier.

Sechin was mentioned several times in Steele's report.

"A large-scale investigation has been commenced in the area. Erovinkin's body was sent to the FSB morgue."

Russian affairs experts and multiple local media reports alleged that Erovinkin may have been murdered due to his contribution to Steele's leaked Trump dossier.

Steele's report claimed that Trump and his aides had close business and financial ties with the Russian state and that Putin's regime had been "cultivating, supporting and assisting Trump for at least five years."

The document alleged that the Kremlin could use the "golden shower" video to blackmail Trump.

"Trump's unorthodox behavior in Russia over the years had provided the authorities there with enough embarrassing material on the now Republican presidential candidate to be able to blackmail him if they so wished."

The dossier had circulated in the U.S. intelligence community and the media for months before President Barack Obama received an official intelligence briefing about it.

BuzzFeed published the dossier soon after the FBI briefed Obama.

But Trump reacted angrily to the allegations contained in the leaked dossier, describing the dossier as "fake news."

U.S. intelligence agencies took the allegations seriously and investigated them. But they admitted that they found no evidence supporting the lurid allegations against Trump. Media outlets that investigated the claims also said they found no evidence that the alleged "golden shower" video exists.

BuzzFeed came under heavy criticism from its peers for publishing the dossier after admitting that the claims were unsubstantiated.

In a recent blog post, Christo Grocev, a Bulgarian expert in Russians security issues, claimed it was likely that Erovinkin was the source close to Sechin that Steele referred to in his report.

"Insiders have described Erovinkin to me alternately as 'Sechin's treasurer' and 'the go-between between Putin and Sechin,'" Grocev wrote. "One thing that everyone seems to agree -- both in public and private sources -- is that Erovinkin was Sechin's closest associate."

"I have no doubt that at the time Erovinkin died, Putin had Steele's Trump dossier on his desk," Grocev continued. "He would – arguably – have known whether the alleged... story is based on fact or fiction."

"[Putin] had a motive to seek and find the mole. He would have had to conclude that Erovinkin was at least a person of interest."

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