On Jan. 9 [...] The Times notified Mr. Putin’s office that it sought interviews with Russian officials about these allegations. Mr. Israilov was prepared to publicize his story.
Dmitri Peskov, Mr. Putin’s spokesman, declined to comment in detail [...]
On Jan. 13, Mr. Israilov left his apartment [...]. Outside, he was confronted by at least two men. [...] A short while later, he was dead.