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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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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.
It's a foregone conclusion that the head of the KGB has people murdered. I hardly think Pootin' has turned over a new leaf.
Sorry, but Putin was right on this one.
"Sorry, but Putin was right on this one......"
Whatever happens to "due process"....the hallmark of civilized man....?!!!!
Jack Bauer already found him and they are in a warehouse "talking" right now.....
That goes out the window when the Muslims invade schools and slaughter infidels. Putin understands what is at stake.
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.
With all due respect, I think you're delusional.
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.
Interesting. Thanks for posting.
I suspect he is NONE OF THE ABOVE. . .at least, any longer. . .
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.
You scared me with that!
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. . .
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".
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.'
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?
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
Perhaps the killer was a trusted confidante of Litvinenko. His last mistake.
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.
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.
He is surely a hired gun. Who hired him is the million dollar question.
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.
Pardon me for butting in, but there is a antedote for either radioactive or non radioactive Thallium poisoning. It is named Prussian Blue.
"Here's a nice cup of tea, Comrade Livenko, courtesy of Comrade Putin."
Now we know why they didn't want to post a picture of the suspect.
Really? Is that true?
The Jackel is busted, his real name is Ivan Sonofavich.
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.
The key is "can be traced".
The killer could use polonium traces to depistare.
As any true Brit will tell you 'always bring the pot to the kettle'.
".....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......
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