Oleg Erovinkin

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Oleg Erovinkin
Native name Олег Александрович Еровинкин
Born c. 1955
Soviet Union
Died 26 December 2016(2016-12-26) (aged 60–61)
Moscow, Russia
Nationality Russian
Alma mater FSB Academy
Occupation Intelligence officer
Years active 1976–2016
Organization Rosneft
Known for Connection to Donald Trump–Russia dossier

Oleg Erovinkin (Russian: Олег Александрович Еровинкин; c. 1955 – 26 December 2016) was a Russian intelligence officer. He was a general in both the KGB and FSB.[1] Erovinkin served as chief of staff at Russian state-owned oil company Rosneft.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Erovinkin was born c. 1955. He began serving with the KGB in 1976[3] and graduated from the Dzerzhynsky Higher School of the KGB in 1980.[4]

Career[edit]

In 1994, under Russian President Boris Yeltsin, Erovinkin was positioned as deputy head of personnel for the protection of state secrets.[5] Erovinkin was appointed chief of staff for Rosneft by Vladimir Putin in May 2008.[2] Under Putin, Erovinkin was a key aide to Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin and acted as a key liaison between Sechin and Putin.[6] Erovinkin worked in a department of Rosneft that handles classified documents, receiving and forwarding them to other agencies. He prepared personal declarations of Sechin's assets and property for the government. In May 2012, Erovinkin worked for Rosneft and headed Sechin's office for a short time in late 2012.[4]

Death and investigation[edit]

On 26 December 2016, Erovinkin was found dead in the back of his car in Moscow.[7] He was 61 years old.[5] While no cause of death was announced,[6] local media sources reported that foul play was suspected.[6] The morgue reported no cause of death (although Erovinkin's last employer, Rosneft, claimed he died of a heart attack).[1] His death was to be investigated by FSB officials.[8]

Following Erovinkin's death, media sources speculated that Erovinkin was an unnamed informant for the Donald Trump–Russia dossier, a document created by former MI6 spy Christopher Steele detailing connections between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russian agents. The dossier describes Erovinkin's involvement with the Rosneft promises beneficial to Trump, represented by campaign staffer Carter Page.[1][9][10][6] Russia expert Christo Grozev of the Bulgarian think tank Risk Management Lab reported that Erovinkin was described as "Sechin's treasurer" and concluded that Erovinkin was the source for much of the information in the dossier.[6] However, in interviews with Luke Harding "Steele was adamant that Erovinkin wasn't his source and 'not one of ours.' As a person close to Steele put it to me: 'Sometimes people just die.'"[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Mendick, Robert; Verkaik, Robert (27 January 2017). "Mystery death of ex-KGB chief linked to MI6 spy's dossier on Donald Trump". The Telegraph. Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Berdy, Michele A. (26 December 2016). "Top Rosneft Exec Found Dead in Moscow". The Moscow Times. Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "Head of Office of Rosneft's Chairman found dead in Moscow". Construction.RU. 26 December 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "FSB general dealing with classified documents at Rosneft found dead in car in Moscow". UaPosition. 27 December 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Давыдова, Марина (26 December 2016). "Начальник управления аппарата президента "Роснефти" найден мёртвым в Москве". Life.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Report: Death of former Russian spy chief linked to dossier on Trump". Haaretz. 30 January 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  7. ^ "Russian spy linked to Donald Trump's dirty dossier found DEAD in his car in Moscow". Daily Kos. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  8. ^ "В центре Москвы убит глава аппарата Игоря Сечина". Forpostation.com (in Russian). Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  9. ^ Bertrand, Natasha (11 February 2017). "The timeline of Trump's ties with Russia lines up with allegations of conspiracy and misconduct". Business Insider. Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  10. ^ Abramson, Seth (11 February 2017). "The Fates Of 5 Men Connected To The Trump-Russia Dossier". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  11. ^ Harding, Luke (2017). Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win. Knopf Doubleday. p. 101. ISBN 9780525520931.