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British Police Identify Suspected Killer of Poisoned Ex-Russian Spy
FOX News ^ | January 21, 2007

Posted on 01/21/2007 5:47:59 AM PST by nuconvert

British Police Identify Suspected Killer of Poisoned Ex-Russian Spy

January 21, 2007

LONDON — Police have identified the man they believe poisoned Alexander Litvinenko. The suspected killer was captured on cameras at Heathrow as he flew into Britain to carry out the murder.

Friends of the ex-spy say that the man was a hired killer, sent by the Kremlin, who vanished hours after administering a deadly dose of radioactive polonium-210 to Litvinenko.

He arrived in London on a forged EU passport and reportedly slipped the poison into a cup of tea he made for Litvinenko in a London hotel room. Litvinenko was reportedly able to give vital details of his suspected killer in a bedside interview with detectives just days before he died on November 23 at University College Hospital.

Police have decided not to publish pictures of this man, who was seen on CCTV cameras as he flew in from Hamburg on November 1, the day that Litvinenko fell ill.

He is described as being tall and powerfully built, in his early thirties with short, cropped black hair and distinctive Central Asian features.

He reportedly traveled on the same flight as Dimitri Kovtun, a Russian businessman who is being investigated for trafficking the radioactive material used in the poison plot.

Oleg Gordievsky, a former KGB agent and friend of Litvinenko, who has worked closely with police on the investigation, said: “This man is believed to have used a Lithuanian or Slovak passport. He did not check into any hotel in London using the name or that passport, and he left the country using another EU passport.”

German police are investigating how polonium-210 was found in various locations Kovtun visited in Hamburg.

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KEYWORDS: britain; cloakanddagger; litvinenko; murder; poison; polonium; russia
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1 posted on 01/21/2007 5:48:01 AM PST by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert
Police have decided not to publish pictures of this man,

Why not?

L

2 posted on 01/21/2007 5:49:52 AM PST by Lurker (Europeans killed 6 million Jews. As a reward they got 40 million Moslems. Karma's a bitch.)
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To: nuconvert


Oleg Gordievsky
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oleg_Gordievsky


3 posted on 01/21/2007 5:50:39 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: nuconvert

I have been shocked that people right here on FR have posted opinions that Putin would not have ordered this hit, that Russian intelligence could just have used a bullet, that the murdered exile was involved in smuggling radioactive material, etc. I suspected from the beginning that such stories were typical KGB-style disinformation designed to exculpate Putin's mobster regime. Fortunately, the Brits do not seem to have been fooled by that nonsense. This was an old-style KGB murder all the way.


4 posted on 01/21/2007 6:03:38 AM PST by hellbender
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To: nuconvert
Natasha, vee must get moose and squirrel!!!


6 posted on 01/21/2007 6:09:43 AM PST by stm (Believe 1% of what you hear in the drive-by media and take half of that with a grain of salt)
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To: hellbender

It's a foregone conclusion that the head of the KGB has people murdered. I hardly think Pootin' has turned over a new leaf.


7 posted on 01/21/2007 6:12:19 AM PST by stm (Believe 1% of what you hear in the drive-by media and take half of that with a grain of salt)
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To: Lurker
Police have decided not to publish pictures of this man,

Why not?


They're busy trying to figure out what to do with the female muslim cop that won't shake hands.
8 posted on 01/21/2007 6:16:45 AM PST by Beckwith (The dhimmicrats and liberal media have chosen sides and they've sided with the Jihadists.)
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To: hellbender
Livientko was converted to Islam (by a Chechen, IIRC) prior to his demise. Livientko knew where enough bodies were buried to hurt the Russians in their fight against the Chechen terrorists.

Sorry, but Putin was right on this one.

9 posted on 01/21/2007 6:17:11 AM PST by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: nonliberal

"Sorry, but Putin was right on this one......"


Whatever happens to "due process"....the hallmark of civilized man....?!!!!


10 posted on 01/21/2007 6:20:14 AM PST by mo
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To: nuconvert
He is described as being tall and powerfully built, in his early thirties with short, cropped black hair and distinctive Central Asian features.


11 posted on 01/21/2007 6:21:05 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life ;o)
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To: Lurker
Why not?

Jack Bauer already found him and they are in a warehouse "talking" right now.....

12 posted on 01/21/2007 6:25:31 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Dear Santa: Next year, READ THE STUPID LIST! Oh, and thanks for the socks....)
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To: mo
Whatever happens to "due process"....the hallmark of civilized man....?!!!!

That goes out the window when the Muslims invade schools and slaughter infidels. Putin understands what is at stake.

13 posted on 01/21/2007 6:41:43 AM PST by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: nonliberal

Under Vladimir Pukin', Russia is spying on us intensively, collaborating with our other "friends" like China to undermine and sabotage U.S. interests all around the world, advancing its nuclear armaments, practicing extortion against our real allies in Europe (like its former satellite Poland), and behaving in most ways exactly like the Soviet Union of the Cold War. Nor is Pukin' very dedicated to the fight against Islamofascism. The guy is a fascist himself, anyway.


14 posted on 01/21/2007 6:51:16 AM PST by hellbender
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To: nonliberal

With all due respect, I think you're delusional.


15 posted on 01/21/2007 6:58:07 AM PST by NinoFan
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To: Liberty Valance
Re: The picture in your post #19.

Bwaaaaaaaaaahahahahaha!

16 posted on 01/21/2007 7:03:52 AM PST by albee (Okay. so he missed aThe best thing you can do for the poor is.....not be one of them. - Eric Hoffer)
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To: hellbender
The material that poisoned Alexander Litvinenko, is used in the "trigger" mechanism for suitcase nukes.

I have no expertise in sleuthmanship, but I have to wonder if this entire episode is not related to the smuggling of a suitcase nuke trigger mechanism to the radical muslims in London. You also have to believe that by judging from the Brits response in handling this situation, that they are not going to brush this under the rug. They may slap a coat of paint on this to give it a different look, but they are probably onto the reason for this situation.

17 posted on 01/21/2007 7:14:53 AM PST by TennTuxedo
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To: nuconvert; All

Interesting. Thanks for posting.


18 posted on 01/21/2007 7:28:25 AM PST by PGalt
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To: nuconvert
He is described as being tall and powerfully built, in his early thirties with short, cropped black hair and distinctive Central Asian features.

I suspect he is NONE OF THE ABOVE. . .at least, any longer. . .

19 posted on 01/21/2007 7:32:13 AM PST by cricket (Save a Terrorist - join the Democrats/Live Liberal Free; or suffer their consequences)
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To: mo
Whatever happens to "due process"....the hallmark of civilized man....?!!!! As so proscribed by KGB statutes; think they followed it!
20 posted on 01/21/2007 7:35:04 AM PST by cricket (Save a Terrorist - join the Democrats/Live Liberal Free; or suffer their consequences)
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To: Liberty Valance

Best lol!


21 posted on 01/21/2007 7:36:00 AM PST by cricket (Save a Terrorist - join the Democrats/Live Liberal Free; or suffer their consequences)
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To: TennTuxedo

The Soviet KGB had a documented history of killing people with exotic materials (remember that Bulgarian dissident and the ricin pellet?), or making things look like "accidents," "suicides," or illnesses. (Maybe that's where Hillary's gang learned their tricks) It's naive at best to think that they would necessarily use crude methods like bullets. The KGB is no longer just an agency; under Pukin', they run the whole country, and are re-Sovietizing everything.


22 posted on 01/21/2007 7:39:31 AM PST by hellbender
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To: Liberty Valance

You scared me with that!


23 posted on 01/21/2007 7:40:24 AM PST by pepperdog
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To: TennTuxedo
They may slap a coat of paint on this to give it a different look, but they are probably onto the reason for this situation.

Think he was first; defining himself as an enemy of the Kremlin; of Putin as per his public investigations. . .converting to Islam on his deathbed; surely confirmed to Putin; that he did the right thing.

Not that Putin needed additional confirmation. . .

24 posted on 01/21/2007 7:42:47 AM PST by cricket (Save a Terrorist - join the Democrats/Live Liberal Free; or suffer their consequences)
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To: Liberty Valance
Borat is that you?
25 posted on 01/21/2007 7:47:00 AM PST by Ditter
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To: hellbender

We seem to have alot of russian apologists on this website. They came out of the woodwork back when the russians botched the Moscow Theatre hostage ahem "rescue".


26 posted on 01/21/2007 7:54:15 AM PST by VaBthang4 ("He Who Watches Over Israel Will Neither Slumber Nor Sleep")
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To: TennTuxedo

Using the 'same material' would be like advertising what one is doing regarding the trigger, suitcase nukes, and the poisoning. Not very secretive if you ask me. Too much of a red flag. 'They' would be playing their hand. That is precisely the Kremlin's mistake. A rather uncommon/exotic material is used in the commission of a crime. The 'smoking gun' has certain fingerprints on it.

Messing with the guy's brakes would have been less incriminating. Bludeoning the guy while out on a stroll and orchestrating a robbery would have left less of a trail.

What IS alarming though, is that the material is in 'circulation.'


27 posted on 01/21/2007 7:57:03 AM PST by freepersup (find the enemy... destroy the enemy... remain vigilant)
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To: freepersup
Using the 'same material' would be like advertising what one is doing regarding the trigger, suitcase nukes, and the poisoning. Not very secretive if you ask me. Too much of a red flag. 'They' would be playing their hand. That is precisely the Kremlin's mistake.

Maybe the Kremlin does not want this to be a secret. It could be a wink and a nod to Great Britain that polonium triggers are in the hands or soon to be in the hands of radical muslims.

Could it be that the dead Russian spy, who had recently converted to Islam, been working on the side of radical Islam? Could it be that his death from polonium poisoning been a message sent by the Kremlin that polonium triggers are in circulation in London?

28 posted on 01/21/2007 8:07:16 AM PST by TennTuxedo
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To: TennTuxedo
Verrry interesting...


29 posted on 01/21/2007 8:29:30 AM PST by freepersup (find the enemy... destroy the enemy... remain vigilant)
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To: nuconvert

Picture this:
According to a UPI press report, this is what Oleg Gordievsky believes.
"His belief is that the water from the kettle was only lukewarm and that the polonium-210 was added, which heated the drink through radiation so he had a hot cup of tea. The poison would have showed up in a cold drink,"
Right (sarcasm) I can just envision former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko taking and drinking a bubbling cup of tea from a total stranger.
Link to UPI report: http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/view.php?StoryID=20070120-082114-2587r


30 posted on 01/21/2007 8:31:31 AM PST by PaRepub07
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To: PaRepub07
Right (sarcasm) I can just envision former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko taking and drinking a bubbling cup of tea from a total stranger.

Perhaps the killer was a trusted confidante of Litvinenko. His last mistake.

31 posted on 01/21/2007 8:37:18 AM PST by freepersup (find the enemy... destroy the enemy... remain vigilant)
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To: nuconvert
"According to police sources, until now it has not been revealed that Litvinenko visited a fourth-floor room at the Millennium Hotel to discuss a business deal.

He had gone to the room with Kovtun and another former Russian agent, Andrei Lugovoy.

The three men were joined in the room later by the mystery figure who was introduced as 'Vladislav'.

Gordievsky told The Times yesterday how 'Vladislav' was described as someone who could help Litvinenko win a lucrative contract with a Moscow-based private security company.

'Sasha (his name for Litvinenko) remembered the man making him a cup of tea.'

'His belief is that the water from the kettle was only lukewarm and that the polonium-210 was added, which heated the drink through radiation so he had a hot cup of tea. The poison would have showed up in a cold drink,' he added.

The hotel room where Litvinenko thought he was poisoned remains sealed off. This room reportedly showed the heaviest concentration of polonium-210 found at a dozen locations across London."

Amazing. Another classic Russian who-done-it. I infer that the Kremlin continues to believe that Litvinenko himself was involved in a plot to poison Nevzlin and other Yukos officials. Although the canvas is certainly not yet dry as concerns this entire affair, every detail is captivating.

32 posted on 01/21/2007 8:40:27 AM PST by Donna Lee Nardo (DEATH TO ISLAMIC TERRORISTS AND ANIMAL AND CHILD ABUSERS.)
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To: nuconvert
The one thing I don't get is, why polonium? It's expensive and can be traced.

Thallium works just as well, is just as incurably fatal, slow, painful and very few survive a stiff dose. Plus thallium poisons are much harder to trace than polonium isotopes.

33 posted on 01/21/2007 8:42:17 AM PST by LibKill (ENOUGH! Take the warning labels off everything and let Saint Darwin do his job.)
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To: cricket

He is surely a hired gun. Who hired him is the million dollar question.


34 posted on 01/21/2007 8:43:13 AM PST by Donna Lee Nardo (DEATH TO ISLAMIC TERRORISTS AND ANIMAL AND CHILD ABUSERS.)
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To: Liberty Valance

LOL.


35 posted on 01/21/2007 8:46:12 AM PST by Donna Lee Nardo (DEATH TO ISLAMIC TERRORISTS AND ANIMAL AND CHILD ABUSERS.)
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To: freepersup

If he wasn't a stranger, Litvinenko would have been able to put a name on this person. That he could not do. Supposedly, Lugovoy and Kovtun were to be in the room also.

> Perhaps the killer was a trusted confidante of Litvinenko. His last mistake.

Perhaps, Lugovoy or Kovtun.


36 posted on 01/21/2007 8:58:27 AM PST by PaRepub07
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To: LibKill

Pardon me for butting in, but there is a antedote for either radioactive or non radioactive Thallium poisoning. It is named Prussian Blue.
Link: http://www.fda.gov/cder/drug/infopage/prussian_blue/Q&A.htm#10


37 posted on 01/21/2007 9:04:16 AM PST by PaRepub07
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To: PaRepub07

"Here's a nice cup of tea, Comrade Livenko, courtesy of Comrade Putin."

38 posted on 01/21/2007 9:10:57 AM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Well, it's 2007. Time to get ready for 2008.)
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39 posted on 01/21/2007 10:23:03 AM PST by Gritty (Material abundance without character is the surest way to destruction. - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Liberty Valance

Now we know why they didn't want to post a picture of the suspect.


40 posted on 01/21/2007 10:27:16 AM PST by BunnySlippers (SAY YES TO RUDY !!!)
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To: TennTuxedo
The material that poisoned Alexander Litvinenko, is used in the "trigger" mechanism for suitcase nukes.

Really? Is that true?

41 posted on 01/21/2007 10:33:01 AM PST by ladyjane
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To: nuconvert

The Jackel is busted, his real name is Ivan Sonofavich.


42 posted on 01/21/2007 10:39:05 AM PST by TET1968 (SI MINOR PLUS EST ERGO NIHIL SUNT OMNIA)
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To: Gritty

Lol


43 posted on 01/21/2007 10:46:14 AM PST by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business] (...but his head is so tiny...))
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To: Donna Lee Nardo
He is surely a hired gun. Who hired him is the million dollar question.

Well my feeling is still, that he more than likely 'in the past tense if not; then the more hype this gets as to the I.D.; he soon will be.

Believe when this first occurred; that it was said that the 'friend' and other man present; returned to Russia and were 'in hospital' because of their exposure; and not available for comment. . .think that info, still stands.

. . .as for a million-dollar question; have to say; not to me. I have no doubt that Putin ordered the job done. You can take the man out of the KGB; but you cannot take the KGB out of the man; particularly when it serves his best interest.

44 posted on 01/21/2007 11:22:48 AM PST by cricket (Save a Terrorist - join the Democrats/Live Liberal Free; or suffer their consequences)
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To: LibKill

The key is "can be traced".

The killer could use polonium traces to depistare.


45 posted on 01/21/2007 11:33:36 AM PST by vertolet
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To: nuconvert
Here is more about Igor Vlasov, 46:

Litvinenko was murdered by a killer with three false passports


AIA reported exactly a month ago that Scotland Yard investigators had some information about the possible killer of the Russian ex-security service officer Alexander Litvinenko, according to former agent of KGB in Britain Oleg Gordievsky. He told his version to Radio Liberty this week again.

Gordievsky said that, already in the first days of the probe, Scotland Yard detected some illegal visitor, who arrived in London from Hamburg under the forged documents November 1. The man, a professional killer, arrived in Heathrow under the forged EU passport to pass unnoticed. Then the killer changed the passport for another passport of the EU. He left the same night after Litvinenko's poisoning (or perhaps, early next day), using the third passport, Gordievsky said, specifying the detectives have a photo of the possible killer taken by the airport's surveillance cameras. His first passport was photographed as well.

Russian online paper Gazeta.ru wrote earlier that this man was mentioned in the papers, showed to Litvinenko by his Italian contact Mario Scaramella on November 1. A former spetsnaz member of the military counterintelligence, GRU, named Igor, 46, was mentioned in the dossier, allegedly delivered from Russia. His surname is not disclosed in interests of investigation.

Last month, AIA wrote, referring to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, that an eventual name of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service expert in covert operations might be Igor Vlasov. The British media outlets have reported that he is easy limps (after a car crash), perfectly knows English and Portuguese, and also the judo, has some passports and carries out functions of a professional killer. Later, owing to leakages, it became known that the suspect stopped in the beginning of November in one of the London hotels. Some editions believe that this person is involved also in the murder of the investigative journalist of the Russian Novaya gazeta, Anna Politkovskaya. It is not excluded that the man Gordievsky spoke about, and a certain Igor is one and the same person.
Gordievsky's conclusions partly coincide with the version of Andrei Lugovoy and Dmitry Kovtun, who met with Litvinenko on the day he fell fatally ill, they had put forward in their justification.

As it was found out later, radiation had appeared in places Kovtun visited in Hamburg, Germany. Kovtun and Lugovoy explained the polonium trace with the alleged fact that the real murderer of Litvinenko wished to bring them under suspicion and followed them. According to Gordievsky, the Scotland Yard inspectors have believed the both witnesses, Gazeta.ru says.

Meanwhile, Gibson Square Books, a British publishing house, is reissuing Litvinenko's Blowing Up Russia, a controversial book and the first of a slew of planned editions that will carry the dead man's anti-Kremlin allegations around the world, as The Associated Press puts it.

http://www.axisglobe.com/article.asp?article=1199
46 posted on 01/21/2007 12:04:19 PM PST by AdmSmith
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To: ladyjane

No.


47 posted on 01/21/2007 12:05:17 PM PST by AdmSmith
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To: AdmSmith

Thanks


48 posted on 01/21/2007 12:18:53 PM PST by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business] (...but his head is so tiny...))
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To: PaRepub07

As any true Brit will tell you 'always bring the pot to the kettle'.


49 posted on 01/21/2007 12:39:08 PM PST by Brit1 (Not by strength by guile .)
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To: Donna Lee Nardo

".....the heaviest concentration of polonium-210 found at a dozen locations across London."



Ya know...if I was trying to smuggle a LOT of plutonium into the country...and knew it would leave a trail.........well I might just scatter a few red herrin...oops bodies around and hope that Scotland Yard would be pre-occupied with the mureder end of it......


50 posted on 01/21/2007 2:42:15 PM PST by mo
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