Skip to comments.Who Killed Litvinenko? - Try asking Vladimir Putin
Posted on 11/27/2006 12:33:08 AM PST by Zakeet
MOSCOW--Until a week ago, Alexander Litvinenko, a former colonel in the Russian Federal Security Service, the FSB, was virtually unknown outside the murky world of Russian intelligence. With his death in London from a massive dose of the radioactive element polonium 210, however, his fate may lead to a fundamentally different relationship between Russia and the West.
Beginning with the Yeltsin era, two U.S. administrations have muted their criticism of Russia. This was the case even in the face of a series of political murders in Russia. But if Litvinenko, a British subject, was murdered by Russian intelligence on British soil, self-censorship is no longer an option. Unless we want to give the Putin regime carte blanche to dispose of its enemies on our soil, we now have no choice but to react.
Russian television has given an explanation for the murder of Litvinenko as surrealistic as any offered by the Soviets during the Cold War. It attributed his death to intrigues in the entourage of the exiled Russian oligarch, Boris Berezovsky. An announcer on the evening news said Litvinenko was "a pawn in a game whose significance he did not understand."
Mr. Berezovsky, however, had no reason to kill Litvinenko, whose views he shared and whom he had helped since his arrival in the U.K. in 2000. In November 1998, Litvinenko revealed a plot to kill Mr. Berezovsky who, at the time, was the deputy head of the Russian security council. The evidence points instead to Litvinenko having been murdered by the FSB, which, together with the other "force ministries," has become the dominant political force in Russia today.
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...and should avoid sushi bars in the future!
A rat is a rat. Putin never was anything but a staunch
commie. Glad we've a new congress that will stand
up to this bully!
You are kidding I hope?
You can't expect this congress to stand up to anything.
Mr. Berezovsky, however, had no reason to kill Litvinenko, whose views he shared and whom he had helped since his arrival in the U.K. in 2000. ==
Berezovskii has all reasons to kill Litvimemnko just to implacate And frame Russia and Putin. Rassia wanted him for many crimes during Yeltsin times. He knows it and this scandals may help his cause against extradiction to Russia.
After all notice that those killing of Politkovskaya and Litvinenko happened just during Putin vists in Eu? Why it didn't happen during his visit to Asia recently?
You should go after those who had motives. It is not Putin because his approval rate in Russia is near 75%.
I think you forgot the /s switch.
I keep hearing this, but I don't get it. Putin will suffer nothing from this. The West will do nothing. I think it is more likely that Putin intends to become a dictator. Time will tell. If that is the case, this is exactly what one would expect. He sends a very obvious public message that anyone who challenges him will die. Nobody is safe anywhere in the world.
You must be a very brave man :)
And Stalin's was, what, 95%? Higher? Lenin's was easily as high. Heck, wasn't it under Brezhnev's administration that there was no crime at all?
Soviet Russian leaders never overstate their popularity.
"It is not Putin because his approval rate in Russia is near 75%."
And Stalin's was, what, 95%?==
Putin' rate is from the popular opinion research and polls. It calculated with same technology as Bush approval rate.
I'm not a Russophobe. It was my great hope that Putin would be our allie and promote liberty and democracy in his country. However, his actions suggest to me that he wants to recreate the empire. Are you pleased with his actions regarding Iraq, Iran and North Korea? He has chosen to compete, rather than cooperate with us. Maybe I am wrong and I am just misinterpreting his actions. If so, it is not because of Russophobia. Attempting to invalidate an opinion by using terms like Russophopia, homophobia, racist, sexist etc. is weak.
He for sure knows who George Soros is and what he does for living.
A masterful PR campaign by Bell Pottinger Communications.
Mr. Comrade "theprodigy" what other FR name were slithering under posting pro-Kremlin disinformation prior to this new FR name?
"I am inclined to believe that these killings are either the work of Chechens or Berezovsky, or maybe some other party interested in discrediting the current Russian government."
"The Comrade Club" strikes again!
Putin may go for 100 percent voter approval...like Saddam did.
Post # 19. Rule #3, then Rule # 1.
Sure Comrade, whatever you print nobody is buying.
"Sorta" is right :)
The only 'Comrade' in this joint - is you, Gar.
Nice work !
Do you really need to do your kegebuchij strip-tease in public? Noone needs to show how bad the kegebuns are, since this had been known from the day one, even before there was a KGB. KGB is merely a very fitting symbol, essence and expression of a KGB-like ["kegebuchej"] civilization.
Our new "comrade" has some interesting postings.
Do you attract this sort often?
I had to LOL at your graphic. ;o)
It is as clear as daylight, except to those who resolutely refuse to see.
Young "comrades" in training, today in Russia.
FSB agents were caught preparing explosives in a building by the police. They were whisked away by the FSB with the explanation it was an exercise. No more building were blown up after that "exercise".
Millions of people believed that Putin and the FSB were responsible for all those explosions.
Many things just don't add up in this Litvinenko mess. I don't like that his wife and aide appeared in a car with the Chechen "Foreign Minister" (so referred to by the Brit media--no Chechnya is NOT a nation), then we hear he converted to Islam and wanted a Muslim burial. Wasn't it the Chechens who murdered scores of children at Beslan? And Litvinenko was in league with them? Hardly my idea of a heroic figure.
That was in just about every newspaper in the world at the time. If you did not see it you are not very well informed on the subjec. Check it out, even Wikapedia has it too:
"...More disturbing, FSB agents were actually caught planting a bomb in the basement of a fifth building in the city of Ryazan. After they were arrested by local authorities, Nikolai Patrushev, the head of the FSB, offered the bizarre explanation that the bomb had been planted by the FSB as part of a training exercise to test the residents vigilance.
On March 27, 2000, Kheda Kungaeva, an eighteen-year-old woman, was taken from her home in Chechnya, beaten, raped, and murdered. (1) On February 28, 2001, the Rostov District Military Court will try Col. Yuri Budanov for Kungaeva's murder. It is the first and only case in which Russian authorities promptly and publicly acknowledged a crime, perpetrated by Russian federal forces against civilians in Chechnya, that constitutes a gross violation of international humanitarian and human rights law. (2)
The military has portrayed Budanov's behavior as an exceptional example of wanton criminality by a serviceman. (3) However, the abduction, beating, rape, and murder of Kungaeva reflect a pattern of violations perpetrated by federal forces that has been exhaustively documented by Human Rights Watch and other nongovernmental organizations.
You can read all about Col. Budanov and the number of Russians who were killed to protect him from justice.
Got to go now.
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