Just hours after the Russian ambassador to Turkey was gunned down on camera, Putin faces another Russian diplomat killed in a shooting.
Petr Polshikov served as a diplomat at the Russian embassy in Bolivia. He was found murdered in his Moscow apartment yesterday, just hours after Turkish ambassador Andrei Karlov was gunned down on camera. It is not clear if the two murders are related.
Petr Polshikov, 56, was discovered with a bullet injury to his head at his flat in Moscow’s Balaklavsky Prospekt, according to local media.
The alleged shooting came just hours after the news broke of the assassination of Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov.
He was shot in the back by 22-year-old Turkish policeman Mevlut Mert Altintas in what Russia last night described as a “terrorist act”.
In Polshikov’s shooting, reported by Ren TV early today, two empty bullet shells were found in the high-ranking diplomat’s flat.
A gun was also reportedly discovered under the sink in the bathroom.
The circumstances of the incident remain unclear, and it is understood police are examining all possible theories as to Polshikov’s death.
The diplomat’s wife was reportedly in the flat at the time of the shooting, but is safe.
Putin’s response to having another Russian diplomat killed could be military action.
With Vladimir Putin presenting himself as Russia’s strongman, these incidents are a direct threat to his image. He wants to resurrect the Soviet communist state to a world superpower. If he cannot protect his own diplomats, it will undermine his attempts to expand his power over other countries. Even if this latest murder is not immediately connected to a foreign agent or over a foreign matter, Putin will have to respond. That, however, is not good news for the world.
Putin is already blaming ISIS for the murder of the Turkish ambassador. He does so even though it appears the radical Muslim shooter was not motivated by terrorism. It appears the motive was revenge over the death of citizens in Aleppo by dictator and Syrian President Assad. Assad is a Russian ally, and the Russians support him to gain influence and oil in the region. It is feared Putin may politicize the deaths of his diplomats to achieve his goals.
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