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Putin: Deaths of Political Rivals Just Part of Russia’s ‘Maturing’ Process

The Russian president called the deaths "side effects" of a maturing country, claiming that everyone has enemies.

By NTK Staff | 07.17.2018 @10:22am

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace confronted Russian President Vladimir Putin over the violent deaths of his political opponents in an interview on Monday. Wallace’s face-to-face with Putin came after President Trump’s friendly press conference with the Russian leader.

“Why is it that so many of the people that oppose Vladimir Putin end up dead or close to it?” Wallace asked. The Fox News reporter listed attacks on Sergey Skripal, Boris Nemtsov, and Anna Politkovskaya as evidence.

“All of us have plenty of political rivals. I’m pretty sure President Trump has plenty of political rivals,” Putin responded.

“But they don’t end up dead,” Wallace shot back.

The Russian president listed the assassinations of President Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as evidence of similar actions in the United States.

“All of us have our own set of domestic problems,” he added. “Russia’s statehood is maturing, and there are some side effects.”

Putin, according to the translator, claimed that he “persecute[s]” anyone responsible for attacks on his opponents.

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