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 Ex-KGB chief suspected of helping to compile dossier on Trump

Oleg Erovinkin, a former general in the KGB and its successor the FSB, was a key aide to Igor Sechin, a former deputy prime minister and now head of Rosneft, the state-owned oil company, who is repeatedly named in the dossier on Donald Trump.

Censor.NET reports citing The Telegraph.

Oleg Erovinkin was found dead in the back of his car in Moscow on Boxing Day in mysterious circumstances. No cause of death has been confirmed and the FSB continues to investigate. Media reports suggested his death was a result of foul play. It was later claimed he died of a heart attack.

Erovinkin has been described as a key liaison between Sechin and Russian president Vladimir Putin.

The former MI6 spy Christopher Steele writes in an intelligence report of July 19, 2016, he has a source close to Sechin, who had disclosed alleged links between Trump's supporters and Moscow.

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The death of Erovinkin has prompted speculation it is linked to Steele's explosive dossier, which was made public earlier this month. Trump has dismissed the dossier as "fake news."

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On Jan. 12, 2017, CNN reported about classified documents presented to President Obama and President-elect Trump. According to the data, Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Trump, multiple U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the briefings tell CNN. The allegations were presented in a two-page synopsis that was appended to a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. The allegations came, in part, from memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative, whose past work U.S. intelligence officials consider credible.
   
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