Disinfo: Russian ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin was murdered by…

Summary

Russian ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin was murdered by the American “deep state” (the term used for conspiracy of secret services, billionaires and politicians from the American establishment).

Disproof

According to Russian sources, Mr. Churkin died from a heart attack: bit.ly/2lHDaNq,

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue61
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/02/2017
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: Vitaly Churkin, Big business, Deep state, UN, Secret services, Conspiracy

Disclaimer

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Disproof

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Disproof

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