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Leading Russian critic of Putin's regime is poisoned in London
The Telegraph ^ | 11/19/06 | Andrew Alderson, Chief Reporter and James Glover

Posted on 11/18/2006 5:20:28 PM PST by bruinbirdman

Scotland Yard has launched an investigation into an audacious attempt to murder – using a deadly poison – a leading Russian defector at a restaurant in London.

Alexander Litvinenko, a former colonel in the Russian secret service and a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin, was seriously ill under armed guard at a London hospital last night.


Alexander Litvinenko defected
to Britain six years ago

A close friend of Mr Litvinenko said last night: "Alexander has no doubt that he was poisoned at the instigation of the Russian government." He has been living at a secret address in London with his wife and son because he feared he might be targeted by political opponents.

Mr Litvinenko is thought to have been poisoned with thallium, a colourless and odourless liquid that is often used to kill rats. It has been used in previous murder attempts of political opponents.

Sources close to the investigation said last night that the poison has attacked Mr Litvinenko's central nervous system and there are fears that he will never make a full recovery. His condition was described last night as "serious but stable".

The crime invoked memories of the murder of Georgi Markov, 49, the prize-winning Bulgarian author and broadcaster, who was poisoned as he waited with commuters on Waterloo Bridge in 1978. Mr Markov felt a pain in his thigh and three days later he was dead: the murder weapon was an umbrella, partly developed by the KGB, which fired a pellet the size of a pinhead, containing the poison ricin.

Mr Litvinenko defected to Britain six years ago but only became a British citizen last month. He is regarded as a traitor in his native Russia and friends suspect the FSB of trying to murder him.

He went to meet the woman journalist at Itsu on November 1 after she claimed to have information about the shooting of Miss Politkovskaya, also a fierce critic of President Putin. The next day, Mr Litvinenko complained of feeling unwell and was admitted to hospital. It was thought he had nothing more than a serious stomach upset but in recent days his condition has deteriorated. Friends say the journalist may have been a genuine contact but that political opponents may have discovered the venue for their meeting and slipped the poison into his meal or drink.

Tatiane Assis, the manager of Itsu, said that two detectives visited the restaurant yesterday. "They asked if we had CCTV. We said we didn't and they left without explaining why they had called." There is no suggestion that the restaurant, or its staff, had anything to do with the poisoning.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: 4putinapologists; coldwar2; fsb; kgb; poison; poisoned; putin; russia; thallium
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1 posted on 11/18/2006 5:20:30 PM PST by bruinbirdman
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To: bruinbirdman

Deja Vu-the KGB used the Bulgarians to kill a critic in England a few years back. The poison was in the tip of an umbrella, that was used to inject the poison into the defector whose name escapes me...


2 posted on 11/18/2006 5:23:22 PM PST by cardinal4
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To: cardinal4

Jeez, that'll teach me not to read the whole article! The articles mentions the whole Bulgarian story..


3 posted on 11/18/2006 5:27:28 PM PST by cardinal4
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To: cardinal4
Deja Vu-the KGB used the Bulgarians to kill a critic in England

The dissident that was assassinated (Georgi Markov) was a Bulgarian and most likely KGB's role was limited to granting a permission to the Bulgarian Communists to kill him. Markov (formerly an aparatchik himself) had been annoying the Bulgarian dictator for a while.

4 posted on 11/18/2006 5:31:56 PM PST by tarator
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To: bruinbirdman

WOW. Prayers for him.


5 posted on 11/18/2006 5:34:33 PM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: bruinbirdman

Why was I immediately reminded of 'slick' and Arkanside?


6 posted on 11/18/2006 5:39:04 PM PST by AmeriBrit (Soros and Clinton's for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington = SCREW.)
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To: bruinbirdman

Is this the same poison they used on the Ukrainian leader?


7 posted on 11/18/2006 5:41:20 PM PST by Let's Roll ( "Congressmen who ... undermine the military ... should be arrested, exiled or hanged" - A. Lincoln)
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To: bruinbirdman; MarMema

Murdering political opponents is a very old if not too accepted use of ruthless powers. Going back into the past it accounts for the deaths of various Roman Emperors and Renaissance princes, among many others.

It looks like Putin is not the democrat that many had hoped for, but he is a true alumnus of the KGB.


8 posted on 11/18/2006 5:42:02 PM PST by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (I went down in 1964 for Barry Goldwater with all flags flying! This is just a blip!)
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To: bruinbirdman

Didn't they try to poison someone a few years back? I remember him saying, "Take a look at my face!"


9 posted on 11/18/2006 5:42:40 PM PST by ROTB (Our Constitution ... only for a moral and religious people... -- John Q. Adams, October 11, 1798)
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To: Dog; Miss Marple

ping


10 posted on 11/18/2006 5:45:05 PM PST by kayak (Praying for Jemian's son, all our military, and our President every day!)
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To: cardinal4
If I remember correctly, it was Ricin on a bb sized pellet. It was a long slow and painfull death. Several times there have be Ricin concerns in the WOT.
11 posted on 11/18/2006 5:53:29 PM PST by Woodman ("One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives." PW)
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To: bruinbirdman

I think Vlady seen the end of Casino the movie sometime it better without witnesses


12 posted on 11/18/2006 6:01:00 PM PST by SevenofNine ("Step aside Jefe"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: bruinbirdman
The body mistakes thallium for potassium, and permits it to pass into cells.

This guy is very lucky to be alive.

13 posted on 11/18/2006 6:06:10 PM PST by TChad
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To: AmeriBrit

Why was I immediately reminded of 'slick' and Arkanside?
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Yes, the ole KGB mob hunts down its opposition. Not Arkancide, but Rodina-cide.... :-)

Red Storm Rising --- won't be too long before we are staring at the U.S.S.R. all over again.


14 posted on 11/18/2006 6:08:51 PM PST by EagleUSA
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To: ROTB
Didn't they try to poison someone a few years back? I remember him saying, "Take a look at my face!"

Yuschenko.

15 posted on 11/18/2006 6:14:01 PM PST by TChad
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To: Woodman

"If I remember correctly, it was Ricin on a bb sized pellet. "

Actually, it was much more of an engineering feat than that. It was a hollow sphere, about the size of a pinhead, with about five or six holes in it. The ricin was deposited inside the sphere, then coated with melted sugar to seal the holes. The little projectile was gas propelled, when coming into contact with the guy's leg. After, the sugar would dissolve, and the poison would be released. Quite clever, actually.

I wish I could get a job designing and building these clever gadgets for use against badguys.


16 posted on 11/18/2006 6:22:02 PM PST by mutley
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To: bruinbirdman

You can take the Pooty-Poot out of the KGB, but you can't take the KGB out of the Pooty-Poot.


17 posted on 11/18/2006 6:32:50 PM PST by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: EagleUSA
"Red Storm Rising --- won't be too long before we are staring at the U.S.S.R. all over again."

How many more critics will be murdered on Putin's orders? We need to stop playing games with this Kremlin killer. This is like Stalin all over again in more respects then this latest assassination.

Russian defector poisoned in London 'on orders of Moscow'

18 posted on 11/18/2006 6:41:14 PM PST by M. Espinola (Freedom is not free)
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To: SevenofNine

19 posted on 11/18/2006 6:45:11 PM PST by monkapotamus
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To: M. Espinola

We need to stop playing games with this Kremlin killer.
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True BUT....we need a President and a Congress that is will to do it. I don't see either anywhere....


20 posted on 11/18/2006 6:48:37 PM PST by EagleUSA
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To: monkapotamus

YEAH RACK ITT ROFL BINGOOOO hey Monk I watching Casino earlier this week on HBO 2 that what I thought


21 posted on 11/18/2006 6:52:50 PM PST by SevenofNine ("Step aside Jefe"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: SevenofNine

Hehe it's a great movie.


22 posted on 11/18/2006 6:54:03 PM PST by monkapotamus
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To: SevenofNine

"YEAH RACK ITT ROFL BINGOOOO hey Monk I watching Casino earlier this week on HBO 2 that what I thought"

Freepers don't let Freepers drink and post.


23 posted on 11/18/2006 6:56:35 PM PST by mutley
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To: monkapotamus

Yeah I got 10th anniversary edition of Casino


Monk you got freepmail from me


24 posted on 11/18/2006 6:58:19 PM PST by SevenofNine ("Step aside Jefe"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: M. Espinola


25 posted on 11/18/2006 7:11:41 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

Does Vlady look like young David McCallum back in da day


26 posted on 11/18/2006 7:21:01 PM PST by SevenofNine ("Step aside Jefe"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: Let's Roll
Is this the same poison they used on the Ukrainian leader?

NO. It was dioxin, which also left him with the scars on his face which is called chloracne.

27 posted on 11/18/2006 7:45:09 PM PST by cpdiii (Oil Field Trash and proud of it, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist, Iconoclast)
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To: bruinbirdman
Hmmm yes, kinda like people mysteriously cutting off their own heads and shooting htemselves in the back like what happened to people connected with Clinton & who had goods on him. Mysterious? Yeah, and I got swamp land in the Sahara I'd liek to sell too

Christian news and commentary at: sacredscoop.com ...

28 posted on 11/18/2006 7:47:40 PM PST by CottShop (http://sacredscoop.com)
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To: tarator
What a relief! That makes me feel so much better about the Russian government!

Blair's a coward if he doesn't confront Putin over this.
29 posted on 11/18/2006 8:17:30 PM PST by dr_who_2
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To: EagleUSA

Lacking viable leadership, one which shall act premptivly, we shall be forced to relearn all the lesson's of World War II, plus the unthinkables of modern warfare.


30 posted on 11/18/2006 8:22:50 PM PST by M. Espinola (Freedom is not free)
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To: EagleUSA

Putin will be out of office soon.


31 posted on 11/18/2006 8:23:48 PM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: bruinbirdman

This reminds me of all the scientists who were working on the SDI program that were reported to have died suspiciously during the 1980s.


32 posted on 11/18/2006 8:28:15 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: dr_who_2
"Blair's a coward if he doesn't confront Putin over this."

Since this Kremlin contract murder happened in Blair's backyard he must confront Putin and do it publicly, or it's more appeasement, and the same goes for the White House.

power mad

33 posted on 11/18/2006 8:29:39 PM PST by M. Espinola (Freedom is not free)
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To: bruinbirdman

It's the bitter taste of treason. He took an oath to his country and violated it. So he pays the penalty. Azzam the American will hopefully meet a similar fate. You never trust a sellout, even if he sells out to your own side.


34 posted on 11/18/2006 8:48:45 PM PST by Timedrifter
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To: M. Espinola; george76; bruinbirdman; potlatch; devolve
Russia Reform Monitor No. 1426, October 29, 2006
American Foreign Policy Council, Washington, DC
A glimpse into Putin's post-presidency plans

Russian President Vladimir Putin has indicated he will retain influence after he steps down in 2008, Reuters reports. Speaking during a live TV phone-in interview, Putin reiterated his commitment not to amend the country's constitution to stay on for a third term. At the same time, however, he added: "Even after I no longer have presidential powers I think that... I will be able to preserve the most important thing that is dear to any politician: your trust. Using this, we can together influence life in our country and guarantee that it develops in a continuous manner."

Andranik Migranyan, the renowned political scientist who heads the Public Chamber's commission on overall national strategy, wrote in Izvestia on October 10th that Putin could "remain in power" after 2008 if he becomes head of the United Russia party, becomes prime minister after the party's likely victory in the 2007 parliamentary elections and then picks "a person who is personally dependent on him and does not have his own political, financial, or information base" as United Russia's candidate for the 2008 presidential election. This, wrote Migranyan, would ensure Putin's "dominating influence in Russian political life," given that he would retain control of the government and the parliament while putting a loyalist in the Kremlin.

Putin is not going anywhere. But, not to worry, our president looked into his eyes and saw his soul.

FDR was fond of Uncle Joe and all it cost was the Iron Curtain.

35 posted on 11/18/2006 8:58:56 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: bruinbirdman

I wouldn't trust Putin as far as I can throw him. Russia has taken some serious steps backwards under him.


36 posted on 11/18/2006 9:07:15 PM PST by SmoothTalker
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To: PhilDragoo; maine-iac7

And the swimmer was helping.../s



While Soviet troops occupied Afghanistan in 1980, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) worked in close concert with high level Kremlin officials to alter the direction of U.S. policy, according to documents made available through a KGB defector.

Details concerning Kennedy's correspondence with KGB agents are included in the writings of the late Vasiliy Mitrokhin who defected to Britain in 1992.

The Mitrokhin papers highlight a meeting that took place at the behest of Kennedy between former Sen. John Tunney (D-Calif.) and KGB agents in Moscow on March 5, 1980.


37 posted on 11/18/2006 9:15:01 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: bruinbirdman

Czar Putin is a very dangerous man.

Pray for W and Our Troops


38 posted on 11/18/2006 9:18:08 PM PST by bray (Redeploy to Iran)
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To: SevenofNine

He sure does.


39 posted on 11/18/2006 9:42:22 PM PST by Donna Lee Nardo (DEATH TO ISLAMIC TERRORISTS AND ANIMAL AND CHILD ABUSERS.)
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To: Donna Lee Nardo

It been rumor Donna he want be Dowager President or Dowager Tsar when he get out of office

Maybe like Tsar Vladimir HMMM


40 posted on 11/18/2006 9:43:48 PM PST by SevenofNine ("Step aside Jefe"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: M. Espinola

"Are you talking to me? Are you talking to me? You must be, because I just told the KGB where you live."


41 posted on 11/18/2006 9:48:43 PM PST by WestVirginiaRebel (Common sense will do to liberalism what the atomic bomb did to Nagasaki-Rush Limbaugh)
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To: PhilDragoo; devolve; ntnychik

Putin put on a very good act for all of us when he was here, visiting with school children, wearing his Mother's cross, etc!


42 posted on 11/18/2006 10:34:57 PM PST by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: PhilDragoo
"This, wrote Migranyan, would ensure Putin's "dominating influence in Russian political life," given that he would retain control of the government and the parliament while putting a loyalist in the Kremlin."

Putin is strategically grooming himself, coupled with his old KGB cronies, for the second reign of Uncle Joe and the West is acting like it's 1938 all over again, in terms of letting this vulture get away with murder.

Putin's expanding natural gas empire in that of Gazprom currently controls 25 percent of nearly one third of the world's total of proven reserves. That's a lot of potential blackmail especially direct against former Soviet captive nations that are demanding Russia stay out of their internal affairs.

43 posted on 11/18/2006 11:42:49 PM PST by M. Espinola (Freedom is not free)
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To: bruinbirdman

"Arkancide" in London?!


44 posted on 11/18/2006 11:56:51 PM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: sageb1
"Putin will be out of office soon. "

American Foreign Policy Council

A glimpse into Putin's post-presidency plans;

Russian President Vladimir Putin has indicated he will retain influence after he steps down in 2008, Reuters reports. Speaking during a live TV phone-in interview, Putin reiterated his commitment not to amend the country’s constitution to stay on for a third term. At the same time, however, he added: “Even after I no longer have presidential powers I think that... I will be able to preserve the most important thing that is dear to any politician: your trust. Using this, we can together influence life in our country and guarantee that it develops in a continuous manner.”

Andranik Migranyan, the renowned political scientist who heads the Public Chamber’s commission on overall national strategy, wrote in Izvestia on October 10th that Putin could “remain in power” after 2008 if he becomes head of the United Russia party, becomes prime minister after the party’s likely victory in the 2007 parliamentary elections and then picks “a person who is personally dependent on him and does not have his own political, financial, or information base” as United Russia’s candidate for the 2008 presidential election. This, wrote Migranyan, would ensure Putin’s “dominating influence in Russian political life,” given that he would retain control of the government and the parliament while putting a loyalist in the Kremlin.

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yitbos

45 posted on 11/19/2006 12:03:30 AM PST by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." -- Ayn Rand)
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To: WestVirginiaRebel
Oooppps..:)


46 posted on 11/19/2006 12:10:40 AM PST by M. Espinola (Freedom is not free)
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To: M. Espinola
"Putin is strategically grooming himself, coupled with his old KGB cronies, for the second reign of Uncle Joe and the West is acting like it's 1938 all over again, in terms of letting this vulture get away with murder."

Not to worry. I understand Germany is doing deals with the Rooskies. Big deals and pacts.

In another four years Germany will have a final solution for the Rooskies. Like in the old days. Socialist buddies always get along.

yitbos

47 posted on 11/19/2006 12:13:17 AM PST by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." -- Ayn Rand)
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To: lizol; Lukasz

Do you have any additional info in Polish newspapers?


48 posted on 11/19/2006 4:00:50 AM PST by AdmSmith
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To: bruinbirdman

BTTT


49 posted on 11/19/2006 6:55:23 AM PST by PGalt
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To: SevenofNine

"Does Vlady look like young David McCallum back in da day"

Speaking of Hollywood...

http://debbieschlussel.com/

scroll down to 3rd topic


50 posted on 11/19/2006 7:27:38 AM PST by PGalt
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