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Trump to call Putin as former KGB chief linked to controversial dossier is found dead
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A former KGB chief suspected of helping compile the controversial Trump dossier has been found dead, as the US president prepares to speak to Vladimir Putin today.

Oleg Erovinkin, a former general in the KGB and its modern successor the FSB, was found dead in the back of his car in Moscow on December 26.

The mysterious circumstances surrounding his death have led to speculation that he was murdered.

Many are even suggesting that his death is somehow linked to the explosive dossier, which was compiled by British former spy Christopher Steele.

Erovinkin was an aide to Igor Sechin, a former deputy prime minister and head of the state-owned oil company Rosneft. Sechin is repeatedly named in the dossier, which sparked an international scandal when it was published earlier this month.

ARLINGTON, VA - JANUARY 27: US President Donald Trump signs executive orders in the Hall of Heroes at the Department of Defense on January 27, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia. Trump signed two orders calling for the "great rebuilding" of the nation's military and the "extreme vetting" of visa seekers from terror-plagued countries. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
Donald Trump dismissed the dossier as ‘fake news’ (Picture: Getty Images)

Despite the dossier’s lurid claims sparking an international furore, US President Donald Trump has repeatedly dismissed it as ‘fake news’.

RIA Novosti, the Russian state-run news agency, reported that Erovinkin’s body was ‘found in a black Lexus’ and that ‘a large-scale investigation has been commenced in the area. Erovinkin’s body was sent to the FSB morgue’.

The FSB continues to investigate, and the cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

Rosneft’s press secretary Mikhail Leontiev told the Moscow Times that the 61-year-old suffered from heart problems.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - DECEMBER 13, 2016: Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev ahead of a Russian Security Council meeting at the Moscow Kremlin. Alexei Druzhinin/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS (Photo by Alexei DruzhininTASS via Getty Images)
Patrushev says everything will be ‘positive’ (Picture: Getty Images)

Meanwhile, President Trump is getting ready for a phone call with Russian President Putin today – their first official contact since his inauguration last week.

Moscow apparently has high hopes for the call, with Russian Security Council chief Nikolai Patrushev saying that ‘everything will be positive’.

Ahead of the chat, however, Trump has been non-committal about whether he would lift American sanctions on Moscow.

When asked about the economic penalties on Friday, he told reporters: ‘We’ll see what happens.’

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