On Friday, September 2, 2016, a Mercedes Benz sedan crashed head on at high speed into a BMW driven by Russian President Vladimir Putin's chauffeur, killing him instantly and putting the Mercedes driver into a coma. The crash occurred around mid-day along Kutuzovsky Prospekt, one of the busiest thoroughfares in Moscow, while neither Putin nor anyone else was in the black Russian Federation Council BMW.
In the Russia Analyst's September 11, 2016 post about the wreck and widespread reporting of 'conspiracy theories' that the Mercedes Benz was hacked and hijacked by unknown parties to careen into Putin's driver, we mentioned retired KGB/SVR Lt. Gen. Leonid Reshetnikov. In our article, we speculated that this was more of a message than an actual attempt on Putin's life, and we also cited Reshetnikov's widely translated interview of April 2015 with Argumenty y Fakti discussing assassinating world leaders as a standard tool in the CIA's black bag. Thanks to the translations of the Moscow-based expats at Russia Insider, we have English subtitles of the retired KGB/SVR analyst strongly hinting in a broadcast on the Tsargrad TV channel last month that the September 2nd wreck was indeed, a warning regarding the life of (his think tank the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies' (RISS) principal patron) Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin.Read More