Stephen Curtis, an international lawyer for a Russian oil firm, died in a helicopter crash near Bournemouth airport in England on 3 March 2004. Curtis had ties with the late Boris Berezovsky, who lived in exile in England after a falling out with Putin, and ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko as a lawyer for the Menatep Group (a company that managed the funds of Russian oligarchs). Menatep held a controlling stake in the Serbian oil company Yukos, which was run by Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky.
Khodorkovsky was arrested in 2003 as apolitical move against a man who had opposed Putin. The co-founder of Yukos, Yuri Golubev, died of an apparent heart attack in 2008. Boris Berezovsky was found dead in his home in Berkshire, England with a ligature around his neck. Litvinenko was poisoned with radioactive polonium-210 in London England (LINK TO OUR ARTICLE ON LITVINENKO). See the pattern?
The pilot, Max Radford, also died in the crash and many of his colleagues questioned the initial reporting of the crash as an accident. The official investigation by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) found no obvious evidence of sabotage and stated that Radford “must have become disoriented when weather deteriorated.”
One of Stephen Curtis’s close friends came forward and stated that he had been approached by Curtis before the accident and told that “if anything happens to me in the next few weeks, it will not be an accident.” Max Radford was an experienced pilot and the helicopter itself was new and equipped with sophisticated equipment that should have mitigated a crash of this nature. Later, it was revealed that Curtis received threatening phone calls and believed he was kept under surveillance over the last two years of his life. There are reports stating that Curtis had become a police informant just days before his death. It is safe to say that these deaths were not a coincidence and Russia played a role in them.