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Russia links YUKOS boss to Litvinenko
Reuters ^ | Wed Dec 27, 2006 | Guy Faulconbridge

Posted on 12/27/2006 12:26:05 PM PST by A. Pole

MOSCOW, Dec 27 (Reuters) - Russian prosecutors said on Wednesday that Leonid Nevzlin, a former top manager of the YUKOS business empire, could have ordered the poisoning of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko.

"A version is being looked at that those who ordered these crimes could be the same people who are on an international wanted list for serious and very serious crimes, one of whom is ... Leonid Nevzlin," Russia's prosecutor-general's office said in a statement posted on its Web site www.genproc.gov.ru.

[...]

A trusted business partner of jailed Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Nevzlin has provoked the Kremlin's ire by slamming Putin for the destruction of YUKOS, which he says was political motivated.

After Khodorkovsky's arrest in Oct. 2003, Nevzlin fled to Israel and later received Israeli citizenship.

[...]

Litvinenko, who died in London on Nov. 23, made a deathbed statement accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of his murder. The Kremlin called Litvinenko's allegations "nonsense".

His slow, agonising death in a London hospital from poisoning by radioactive polonium 210 has prompted a five-nation police investigation and scorched the Kremlin's reputation, despite its repeated denials of any involvement in the murder.

[...]

A single team has been created to investigate the Litvinenko and YUKOS cases, the prosecutor-general said.

[...]

Litvinenko's friend Alexander Goldfarb called the prosecutor-general's statement "sheer nonsense".

"This statement is a very clumsy effort to shift the blame for this murder and it only adds to the suspicion that the Russian government is standing behind this murder," he said.

Russia wants to try Nevzlin for a series of killings which a Russian court has said were carried out by the former head of security at YUKOS.

[...]

(Excerpt) Read more at today.reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Russia; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: leonidnevzlin; litvinenko; nevzlin; poisoning; putin; spy; yukos

1 posted on 12/27/2006 12:26:11 PM PST by A. Pole
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To: A. Pole

Reuters covering for Putin.


2 posted on 12/27/2006 12:27:49 PM PST by RacerX1128
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To: ninenot; sittnick; steve50; Hegemony Cricket; Cicero; GarySpFc; Wolfie; ex-snook; FITZ; arete; ...

Litvinenko case update


3 posted on 12/27/2006 12:27:50 PM PST by A. Pole (Dzerzhinsky: There are no innocent people.There are only such who weren't examined in the proper way)
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To: A. Pole

You have got to be kidding me. Communist thugs.


4 posted on 12/27/2006 12:29:21 PM PST by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: A. Pole
This scene strangely comes to mind.


Round up the usual suspects!
5 posted on 12/27/2006 12:36:08 PM PST by sono (Ted Nugent for UN Ambassador)
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To: A. Pole

Protest too much...

But I really wonder why Putin's people propound these theories. What is he trying to gain? Why doesn't he just say, "OK, so I offed him. What are you gonna do about it?"


6 posted on 12/27/2006 12:50:44 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: A. Pole
When I don't think the Russians could get any crazier, somehow they always manage to surprise me. Strange. At one point I thought Putin was a fairly rational human being, but I can see that power has gone to his head. He's become almost as loony as Kim Jong Il.
7 posted on 12/27/2006 12:56:00 PM PST by monday
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To: Proud_USA_Republican
Rule # 1. Not a single word passing kegebun's lips can be trusted. This includes the pauses a kegebun has to make to swallow the accumulated saliva or to catch his/her breath.
Rule # 2. Not a single constructive deed by a kegebun can be trusted. If a kegebun malingers a suicide, one is to mistrust it and to make sure by double-tapping the malingerer in the head. In their destructive capacity, however, one can put one's full confidence.
Rule # 3. For the purposes of the Rules # 1 and # 2, the kegebuns are those directly connected with the infamous organization, it predecessors, successors, affiliates, debtors, creditors, lessees, sub-lessees and assignees [collectively, "KGB"], and all those associating with, and/or pushing, its agenda.
Rule # 3, then Rule # 1.
8 posted on 12/27/2006 1:39:00 PM PST by GSlob
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To: A. Pole

You've got to know, this just sounds silly on the face of it.


9 posted on 12/27/2006 2:15:40 PM PST by marron
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To: Brilliant
But I really wonder why Putin's people propound these theories. What is he trying to gain? Why doesn't he just say, "OK, so I offed him. What are you gonna do about it?"
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What proof is there that he or anybody under his orders did it? It seems to be just assumed.

If there's no proof the Russians did it, perhaps they didn't?
10 posted on 12/27/2006 3:10:12 PM PST by Cheburashka ( World's only Spatula City certified spatula repair and maintenance specialist!!!)
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To: Cheburashka

No further proofs are needed. The kegebuns exist and operate under presumption of guilt.


11 posted on 12/27/2006 4:24:47 PM PST by GSlob
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To: Cheburashka
If there's no proof the Russians did it, perhaps they didn't?

There is NO WAY Putin could have ordered such stupid and harmful act. As Machiavelli said: the skillful politician do not make OBVIOUS mistakes. (Non-obvious mistakes everybody can make).

It is quite likely that the Litvinenko death was an accident taking place among deranged people playing with dangerous toys. But if there was a real conspiracy, the most likely it was done in order to damage Russian government. The key could be the failed assassination of former prime minister Gaidar. Gaidar was the main proponent of 1990s free market reforms and his death could be used against Putin in a much more powerful way..

When Gaidar managed to survived, he did not want Western doctors to help him. He fled immediately to the Russian embassy and then flew to Russia. This strange event must have made him rethink his allegiances.

12 posted on 12/27/2006 4:44:25 PM PST by A. Pole (Dzerzhinsky: There are no innocent people.There are only such who weren't examined in the proper way)
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To: GSlob
No further proofs are needed. The kegebuns exist and operate under presumption of guilt.

You need a tagline. You can have mine :)

13 posted on 12/27/2006 4:48:22 PM PST by A. Pole (General Buck Turgidson: "Mr. President... I'm beginning to smell a big, fat Commie rat.")
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To: A. Pole

Since my days in the thucking USSR I always "loved" those who know what I need better than I myself know it.


14 posted on 12/27/2006 4:54:44 PM PST by GSlob
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To: A. Pole

Would this YUKOS guy be able to shut down the russian BBC radio station during those first critical days when the rest of the world was learning of the poisoning incident? Obviously this was done on the direct orders of putin. A british warrant should be issued for his arrest.


15 posted on 12/27/2006 4:57:33 PM PST by timer (n/0=n=nx0)
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To: timer
Obviously this was done on the direct orders of putin.

Shutting down BBC for a couple of days? Maybe. It would help to limit the damage. But killing Litvinenko? No, it was too damaging.

16 posted on 12/27/2006 5:42:42 PM PST by A. Pole (General Buck Turgidson: "Mr. President... I'm beginning to smell a big, fat Commie rat.")
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To: A. Pole

I think it was for 4 or 5 days, but proof positive that it was putin whodunit.


17 posted on 12/27/2006 5:58:01 PM PST by timer (n/0=n=nx0)
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To: M. Espinola

Kremlin claims ex-Yukos chief ordered murder of Litvinenko

http://www.guardian.co.uk/russia/article/0,,1979241,00.html


18 posted on 12/27/2006 6:35:51 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Donna Lee Nardo

In a statement released yesterday, the prosecutor general's office said: "A version is being looked at that those who ordered these crimes could be the same people who are on an international wanted list for serious and very serious crimes, one of whom is ... Leonid Nevzlin."


19 posted on 12/27/2006 6:39:49 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Mr Nevzlin, who lives in Israel, said the charges levelled at him by the Russian authorities were fabricated. His spokesman, Amir Dan, said yesterday: "Everyone knows the KGB's methods. These statements are ridiculous and do not warrant a response."

The statement from the prosecutor general's office did not give any details of the allegations against Mr Nevzlin, but it did reveal that prosecutors had formed a special investigative unit and were preparing to file international requests for assistance in the case and possible extradition demands.


20 posted on 12/27/2006 6:40:33 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

see #8


21 posted on 12/27/2006 7:26:40 PM PST by GSlob
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To: GSlob
Since my days in the thucking USSR I always "loved" those who know what I need better than I myself know it.

But don't you agree that this tagline matches your position? In the free world you are being bombarded every day with commercials, ads, promotions and they all want money from you. You can have the tagline for free :)

22 posted on 12/27/2006 8:22:27 PM PST by A. Pole (General Buck Turgidson: "Mr. President... I'm beginning to smell a big, fat Commie rat.")
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To: A. Pole

I could smell the kegebuns even against the wind - and I do not need any taglines for it, my life experience suffices. See # 8, it is a short distillation.


23 posted on 12/27/2006 8:37:49 PM PST by GSlob
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To: george76
The Kremlin is planting disinformation as usual.

Note the wording: "Kremlin claims ex-Yukos chief ordered murder of Litvinenko"

"A former manager of the bankrupt Russian oil company Yukos could have ordered the poisoning of the ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, the Russian government has alleged."

& on and on & on ...


24 posted on 12/27/2006 8:44:03 PM PST by M. Espinola (Freedom is never free)
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To: RacerX1128
"Reuters covering for Putin."

Good point!

25 posted on 12/27/2006 8:45:38 PM PST by M. Espinola (Freedom is never free)
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To: GSlob
very nice

Rule # 3, then Rule # 1.

26 posted on 12/27/2006 9:58:42 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: M. Espinola
bttt

The Kremlin is planting disinformation as usual.

27 posted on 12/27/2006 9:59:59 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: GSlob
I could smell the kegebuns even against the wind

This might be an otolaryngological problem :)

28 posted on 12/28/2006 6:17:57 AM PST by A. Pole (General Buck Turgidson: "Mr. President... I'm beginning to smell a big, fat Commie rat.")
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To: A. Pole

Nah. Comes with the experience on the receiving end, which I [it's a holiday season, after all] wish to you.


29 posted on 12/28/2006 7:56:42 AM PST by GSlob
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To: A. Pole

Well, so much for any shred of credibility the Kremlin's own "investigation" had ....


30 posted on 12/29/2006 5:00:13 PM PST by GOP_1900AD (Stomping on "PC," destroying the Left, and smoking out faux "conservatives" - Take Back The GOP!)
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To: george76

Interesting...Thanks george76.

P.S. I'm still pissed at the GOP over Election 2006. So many good first-time candidates and Congress squandered the opportunity.


31 posted on 01/02/2007 5:23:10 PM PST by Donna Lee Nardo (DEATH TO ISLAMIC TERRORISTS AND ANIMAL AND CHILD ABUSERS.)
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To: A. Pole
"There is NO WAY Putin could have ordered such stupid and harmful act. As Machiavelli said: the skillful politician does not make OBVIOUS mistakes."

This is the point of view I am leaning towards as well. But then again there is always a first time for a slip-up even by a shrewd political animal.

And then there also is the slightest of possibilities that what appears obvious is right and true because many would claim it to be impossible and conveniently look in other directions anyway.

32 posted on 01/02/2007 5:34:08 PM PST by Donna Lee Nardo (DEATH TO ISLAMIC TERRORISTS AND ANIMAL AND CHILD ABUSERS.)
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To: Donna Lee Nardo
But then again there is always a first time for a slip-up even by a shrewd political animal.

He had "slip-ups", one was to neglect Kursk PR disaster.

33 posted on 01/02/2007 5:46:47 PM PST by A. Pole (" There is no other god but Free Market, and Adam Smith is his prophet ! Bazaar Akbar! ")
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To: A. Pole

True.


34 posted on 01/02/2007 5:55:51 PM PST by Donna Lee Nardo (DEATH TO ISLAMIC TERRORISTS AND ANIMAL AND CHILD ABUSERS.)
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