Somehow, i belive that.
basicaly, vast majority of former KGB agents (not just from Russia, but most of all from former Soviet republics) went to "Privateers", e.i. mafia.
As in this case, and most of the casess, Russian "buissnissmen" hade their own private KGB agents, and Litvinenko was probably one of them.
Where is the money, there is the mafia, where is the mafia, there is power, where is power, there are former KGB agents needed.
posted on 01/06/2007 4:14:14 AM PST
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To: kronos77; TigerLikesRooster
I agree with you. The problem with Russia is that there are no trust in the judiciary. The only working law is the Law of Gravity. Read this:
Russian ex-spies put skills to work in security companies
Continuing a series of articles on activities of Russian secret services and ex-KGB spies, the Los Angeles Times has interviewed Vladimir Lutsenko, a former military intelligence (GRU) officer, "one of the top go-to guys for "security" advice in today's Russia".
Asked about allegations, made by the former Russian security service agent Alexander Litvinenko before he died of radiation poisoning last November, that his men were hired out to do dirty work for the Russian special services, Lutsenko shrugged and laughed. Litvinenko believed the FSB was operating contract death squads among the various security companies and veterans organizations that allowed for the elimination of major criminals and extremists without the necessity of arrest and trial.
The paper marks that the poisoning case shines light on a shadowy world in which former agents cash in on old contacts. It notes that Russia is awash in companies like Lutsenko's, stocked with veterans of the Russian intelligence services.
Los Angeles Times underlines that in one of his books, Litvinenko accused Lutsenko's private security and analysis company, Stells, of operating "under the roof" of the FSB. He wrote that one of Stells' employees had acknowledged to Litvinenko's source that his job was to study the entrances of certain apartment buildings, along with possible approach and exit routes. One such report he prepared, Litvinenko said, was on the apartment building where popular former ORT-TV director Vladislav Listyev was shot to death in 1995. The killing has never been solved.
Lutsenko dismisses such speculation as the stuff of spy movie plots. These days, he said, one of the biggest sources of business for KGB-veteran companies such as his is the "unfriendly merger," the Russian equivalent of a hostile takeover, in which a company may buy 5% of the stock of another company, stage a fake meeting of stockholders, bribe court officials in a remote Russian town into issuing a document recognizing new owners, throw the previous owners into the street, then immediately proceed to sell the company.
Yuri Drozdov, a former commander of undercover operations for the KGB, who now runs his own security company in Moscow, and swears by his fellow KGB employees, told the daily that the ex-KGB men had a sense of discipline and were used to very strict order. "These people have the expertise to be prepared to work under any conditions you can imagine." The one thing he's sure of, Drozdov said, is that none of his former colleagues would have agreed to poison a former comrade, even one seen as a traitor.
At the same time Los Angeles Times refers to the former Soviet intelligence officer Boris Volodarsky who said he had identified 20 KGB poisonings since 1921, all marked with the same signs - meticulous planning and massive public disinformation.
posted on 01/06/2007 4:33:33 AM PST
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