This is wild. Fox News' Chris Wallace asks Russian President Putin why his opponents end up dead "or close to it." Putin pivots and begins discussing the assassinations of President Kennedy, Dr. King, and police brutality.
Putin: "Haven't presidents been killed in the United States? Have you forgotten about -- well, has Kennedy been killed in Russia or in the United States? Or Mr. King?"
WALLACE: You say nothing happened to you, but I need to ask you, domestically -- not internationally, domestically, inside Russia -- why is it that so many of the people that oppose Vladimir Putin end up dead or close to it? Former Russian spy and double-agent Sergei Skripal, the victim of a nerve agent attack in England. Boris Nemtsov, a political opponent, gunned down near the Kremlin. Investigative reporter Anna Politkovskaya, murdered in an apartment building. Why is it that so many people who were political enemies of Vladimir Putin are attacked?
PUTIN Well, first of all, all of us have plenty of political rivals. I'm pretty sure President Trump has plenty of political rivals.
WALLACE: But they don't end up dead.
PUTIN: Well, not always -- well, haven't Presidents been killed in the United States? Have you forgotten about -- well, has Kennedy been killed in Russia or in the United States? Or Mr. King? What -- and what happens to the clashes between police and, well, civil society, and some -- several ethnic groups? Well, that's something that happens on the U.S. soil. All of us have our own set of domestic problems.
But going back to what happened in Russia, yes. We do have crime and we unfortunately -- there are some crimes. And to some extent, Russia's statehood is maturing. And there are some side effects. And we persecute people responsible for these crimes. But since you've mentioned the Skripal case, we would like to get at least some sort of a document, evidence about it. But nobody gives it to us. It's the same thing as the accusations with meddling into the election process in America. We recently heard that two more people suffered from the same nerve agent that is called Novichok. I have never even heard the last names of these persons. Who are they? What --