Alexander Kagansky was a renowned Russian scientist who was doing research on a COVID-19 vaccine. Then, he fell through a window to his death. While it’s not the first suspicious death via defenestration in Russia — it, in fact, seems to be the (alleged) preferred method of execution for President Vladimir Putin’s (alleged) enemies — it’s one of the most suspicious in recent months.
Let’s take a look at what happened.
The COVID-19 Vaccine Death Of Alexander Kagansky
A trained biologist with ties to Edinburgh University, the 45-year-old Kagansky was reportedly working on a COVID-19 vaccine. While it’s unclear what made Kagansky’s vaccine a standout from other, FDA-approved vaccines, what is clear is that he was working on the vaccine when he fell from the 14th floor window of his apartment.
“Kagansky had been working to develop a vaccine against the coronavirus and he died “under strange circumstances,” reports Business Today.
“It added that the police believes Kagansky had been in a scuffle before falling down the window of the 14th floor apartment. The report did not provide any further details about which of the current COVID-19 vaccines Kagansky was working on.”
It’s also clear that Kagansky’s death was neither an accident nor self-inflicted. According to The New York Post, Kagansky was found with a stab wound in his body, as well.
Journalist Igor Ivanov was listed as a suspect, but he has since been released after being questioned and passing a lie detector test.
Part Of A Disinformation Campaign?
There might be a reason why Kagansky’s death is part of a bigger picture of Russian disinformation. According to Politico, Russia’s favorite tactic — disinformation — was used to discredit Western vaccines while promoting their own, rival COVID-19 vaccines.
“The goal has been to denigrate vaccines from the West,” said Bret Schafer, a media and digital disinformation fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States’ Alliance for Securing Democracy, a think tank in Washington. “It’s a strategic attempt to sow doubt for Moscow’s own geopolitical interests.”
And while the so-called “conspiracy theories” seem to take hold in Eastern Europe — especially in countries that were formerly part of the Soviet bloc — other disinformation campaigns, such as those that falsely tie the pandemic to 5G technology and integrates “anti-vaxxer” verbiage for maximum effect, have taken a strong hold in the United States as well.
Could it be that Kagansky’s failure to deliver viable COVID-19 vaccines to the global market played a role in his suspicious demise? It’s possible.
But experts are warning global citizens to take all information with a grain of salt, and to really conduct independent research from reputable sites before believing one thing, or another, from a report.
“Disinformation is playing with peoples’ lives. Disinformation can kill,” said Josep Borrell, head of the EU’s European External Action Service.