Wait. What? 38 prominent Russians murdered since 2014. You don’t think Vladimir Putin is…nah. (Wink wink.)

It’s not a purge. But there is something going on in Russia, where 38 well-known individuals have been killed in the past three years.

As USA Today notes,

Twelve were shot, stabbed or beaten to death. Six were blown up. Ten died allegedly of natural causes. One died of mysterious head injuries, one reportedly slipped and hit his head in a public bath, one was hanged in his jail cell, and one died after drinking coffee. The cause of six deaths was reported as unknown.

And later, the story suggests something more ominous.

Yet the list of fatalities — 36 men and two women — suggests that Putin’s alleged attacks on his critics and whistle-blowers are more extensive and lethal than previously known.

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