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Murdered spy was a thief and a thug, Putin insists
Tumes online ^ | February 02, 2007 | Tony Halpin in Moscow

Posted on 02/01/2007 3:37:04 PM PST by xcamel

*Litvinenko 'did not have to flee'
*Reporters told of crimminal oligarchs

Alexander Litvinenko, the former spy who was murdered in London, was a thug and a thief who had no need to flee to Britain because he was so insignificant, President Putin said yesterday.

Litvinenko had not been privy to state secrets and was dismissed from the Federal Security Service (FSB) “for beating people during detentions when he was a security service officer and for stealing explosives”. Mr Putin said: “He got a three-year suspended sentence and there was no need for him to flee. He had said all the negative things he could say about his service, so there could not be anything new in his actions .”

The President pulled back from previous Kremlin accusations that exiled opponents of his regime were behind the murder of Litvinenko and the investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

Mr Putin attacked “fugitive oligarchs” who had committed crimes in Russia and were hiding abroad. He said, however, that there was no evidence of a conspiracy against Russia. He declined to speculate on why Litvinenko was poisoned with radioactive polonium-210.

It emerged this week that Russian special forces had used a picture of Litvinenko for target practice.

Mr Putin’s harsh assessment came at his annual Kremlin press conference to more than 1,200 Russian and foreign journalists — a marathon that lasted three hours and 32 minutes as he responded to 65 questions. Mr Putin joked and even flirted with reporters. Maria Solobyova, a newspaper editor from Vladivostok, began a question on corruption with: “Hello, incomparable Vladimir Vladimirovich.” She went on: “You know everything. You can do everything — how are you going to save us from these bandits?” When another young woman journalist from Murmansk invited him to go skiing at a local resort, Mr Putin asked her name and whether she was making a personal invitation.

However, Mr Putin, 54, repeatedly ducked attempts to get him to name a favoured successor or to say what he would do after his second term ended in March next year. The Constitution bars him from seeking a third term. He rejected Western criticism that Russia was using energy as a weapon, after confrontations with Belarus, Ukraine and Georgia.

He triggered renewed nervousness in the European Union, however, over its dependence on Russian energy by commenting favourably for the first time on setting up an Opec-style group of gas producers. Russia, the world’s top gas exporter, has recently held talks with Iran and Algeria, both major producers.

Mr Putin threatened a response to US plans to establish anti-missile defence systems in Eastern Europe, saying Russia did not believe Washington’s claim that they were to counter threats from Iran or terrorists.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: kgb; litvinenko; polonium; putie; putin; russia; sovietunion; spy
...oh really.....
1 posted on 02/01/2007 3:37:12 PM PST by xcamel
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To: xcamel

Blame the victim.


2 posted on 02/01/2007 3:38:06 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: xcamel
Murdered spy was a thief and a thug, Putin insists

I don't think you really wanna go there, Pootie-Poot.

3 posted on 02/01/2007 3:39:11 PM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: xcamel

"...Rule # 1. Not a single word passing the lips of a kegebun can be trusted, and that includes the pauses the kegebun has to make to catch the breath or to swallow the saliva..."


4 posted on 02/01/2007 3:39:21 PM PST by GSlob
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To: xcamel

Putin is busy murdering critics of his kleptocracy. "Thief and thug" are projections of Putin's own criminality.


5 posted on 02/01/2007 3:40:50 PM PST by FormerACLUmember
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To: mewzilla
The only difference between Putin and the decedent is tense. One was and one is.
6 posted on 02/01/2007 3:41:15 PM PST by edpc (The pen is mightier than the sword......until you fight someone.)
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To: xcamel
Everyone is being murdered because they are bad. I am good. Czar putin will insure your continued survival worthless masses.
7 posted on 02/01/2007 3:41:52 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: xcamel

I doubt he was clean but that's a little like Baca calling Sanchez a whore.


8 posted on 02/01/2007 3:42:11 PM PST by cripplecreek (Peace without victory is a temporary illusion.)
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To: xcamel

I used to think Putin was good for Russia. No longer.


9 posted on 02/01/2007 3:43:30 PM PST by gcruse (http://garycruse.blogspot.com/)
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To: xcamel

This reminds me of the day we heard that Bonnie Lee Bakely had been killed. Robert Blake's friends were interviewed and all they could talk about was how evil she was, and pretty much said that she needed killing.


10 posted on 02/01/2007 3:45:37 PM PST by passionfruit
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To: xcamel
Let the character assassination of the dead begin.

Putin knows, there is no talking back.

11 posted on 02/01/2007 3:46:32 PM PST by pray4liberty
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To: xcamel
Litvinenko ... was dismissed from the Federal Security Service (FSB) “for beating people during detentions when he was a security service officer and for stealing explosives”. Mr Putin said: “He got a three-year suspended sentence and there was no need for him to flee...”

Dismissed for beating prisoners and stealing explosives??? This qualifies him as Putin's successor, not target. Damn, am I glad my parents and I left that land almost 27 years ago.

(Plus, I cannot imagine what a "suspended sentence" in former-Soviet Russia entails - my imagination only goes so far.)

12 posted on 02/01/2007 3:55:32 PM PST by Freedom_no_exceptions (No actual, intended, or imminent victim = no crime. No exceptions.)
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To: xcamel
Putin's neo-Soviet dictatorship lays the grounds rules on bumping future enemies of the Kremlin's new order.
13 posted on 02/01/2007 4:03:20 PM PST by M. Espinola (Freedom is Never Free)
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To: xcamel
"Alexander Litvinenko, the former spy who was murdered in London, was a thug and a thief who had no need to flee to Britain because he was so insignificant, President Putin said yesterday."

If he was so 'insignifcant', then why was he killed? Hmmmmmmm??
14 posted on 02/01/2007 4:03:30 PM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: xcamel
"The Constitution bars him from seeking a third term."

Oh, we can help you with that!


15 posted on 02/01/2007 4:08:53 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: xcamel
Murdered spy was a thief and a thug, Putin insists

Trying to justify himself amounts to an admission.

16 posted on 02/01/2007 4:09:52 PM PST by Spirochete
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To: xcamel
Stopped here:

"Alexander Litvinenko, the former spy who was murdered in London, was a thug and a thief who had no need to flee to Britain because he was so insignificant, President Putin said yesterday."

If he was so "insignificant" as claimed, why the need to "flee"?

LOL!!

The guy spoke the truth.
17 posted on 02/01/2007 4:11:13 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: xcamel
Murdered spy was a thief and a thug, Putin insists

Takes one to know one.

18 posted on 02/01/2007 4:14:59 PM PST by redgirlinabluestate
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To: xcamel; GSlob
"... saying Russia did not believe Washington’s claim that they were to counter threats from Iran or terrorists."

Okay. You caught us, Pooty.

They're really to counter threats from Russia. Satisfied?

19 posted on 02/01/2007 4:17:26 PM PST by NicknamedBob (Sign says, "No dogs allowed -- except seeing-eye dogs" Why don't they put that sign down lower?)
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To: xcamel

There was no need for him to run.

We could have killed him here just as easily./


20 posted on 02/01/2007 4:21:15 PM PST by sgtbono2002 (I will forgive Jane Fonda, when the Jews forgive Hitler.)
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To: xcamel

I don't trust that Putin character any further than I could throw him.


21 posted on 02/01/2007 4:31:10 PM PST by LibKill (ENOUGH! Take the warning labels off everything and let Saint Darwin do his job.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

fyi


22 posted on 02/01/2007 5:00:12 PM PST by Fractal Trader
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To: xcamel

So now we know Putin's motive.


23 posted on 02/01/2007 5:17:23 PM PST by Brilliant
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Alexander Litvinenko, the former spy who was murdered in London, ==

He wasn't even a spy:). Just one former prison warden and bodyguard.


24 posted on 02/02/2007 1:12:00 AM PST by RusIvan (The western MSM zombies the western publics.)
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To: Bigh4u2

If he was so 'insignifcant', then why was he killed? Hmmmmmmm??==

But WHO killed him? For him he was significant.


25 posted on 02/02/2007 1:13:21 AM PST by RusIvan (The western MSM zombies the western publics.)
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To: NicknamedBob

They're really to counter threats from Russia. Satisfied?==

That is what Putin told all along. That is why he approved the development the new type on missile which is the nonballistic. ABM is committed against the ballistic missiles. Probably cann't counter same fast missiles which go on the nonballistic trajectory.


26 posted on 02/02/2007 1:16:18 AM PST by RusIvan (The western MSM zombies the western publics.)
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To: RusIvan; xcamel

So what's a non-ballistic missile? Supersonic cruise missile?

The advantage of a ballistic missile is very high speed; reentry speed. You have very little time to react.

We could shoot down high speed cruise missiles decades ago.

Today, they'd be ducks in a pond for an airborne laser system.


27 posted on 02/02/2007 5:57:46 AM PST by NicknamedBob (Sign says, "No dogs allowed -- except seeing-eye dogs" Why don't they put that sign down lower?)
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