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'Russian spy poisoned me' says former double agent Gordievsky ^ | 07 April 2008 | Paula Fentiman

Posted on 04/06/2008 5:13:30 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

AN ALLEGED attempt to kill a former Russian spy who defected to Britain was being investigated by police last night.

Oleg Gordievsky was admitted to a hospital in Guildford after falling ill in November last year. And yesterday he claimed he had been poisoned with the highly toxic metal thallium in a botched assassination attempt.

Gordievsky, a KGB double agent who spied on Russia for British intelligence during the 1980s, claims he was targeted by a Russian assassin who visited him at his safe house in Surrey.

The 69-year-old was unconscious for 34 hours after falling ill last year and spent a two weeks recuperating in a private clinic reportedly paid for by his former bosses in MI6.

Mr Gordievsky, who was initially left partially paralysed by the alleged attack and still has no feeling in his fingers, was reported as saying: "I've known for some time that I am on the assassination list drawn up by rogue elements in Moscow.

"They murdered my friend Alexander Litvinenko. I have no doubt my sudden illness last November was a similar attempt on my life.

"The targets for assassination are well known. First Boris Berezovsky (the multi-millionaire oligarch living in exile in the UK], next the prime minister of Chechnya, then Litvinenko and then I was fourth. Now I remain third."

And Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who was an outspoken critic of the war in Chechnya, was found shot dead in Moscow in October 2006.

Forensic tests have so far failed to identify the poison or any other suspicious substance that could have been responsible for the former spy's illness.

But Mr Gordievsky, who was the KGB station chief at the Soviet embassy in London, claims his attackers would have used a variant or derivative of thallium.

He continued: "It was obvious to me I had been poisoned. KGB poisoning is based on the poison being undetectable.

"All my fingers were paralysed. I have no doubt it was poison that affected my fingers."

Mr Gordievsky claims that an investigation into his claims was initially dropped by the government's intelligence services and was only reopened thanks to the intervention of former MI5 chief Eliza Manningham-Buller.

Mr Gordievsky, who became the highest-ranking Soviet spy to defect to the West, escaped to Britain in 1985.

The double agent was MI5's greatest asset between 1982 and 1985, when he passed information to British security while serving as KGB bureau chief in London, running Soviet intelligence-gathering and espionage in the UK.

His cover was blown – possibly by US double agent Aldrich Ames – and he was called back to Moscow and kept under close surveillance.

A police spokeswoman said: "Surrey Police was called to an address in Surrey on 2 November, 2007, at around 11:30am following concerns for the safety of a man. The man, who was 69 at the time, was taken by ambulance to the Royal Surrey County Hospital for treatment.

"Surrey Police is continuing to investigate allegations made by this man and it would not be appropriate to comment further until our investigation is complete."

It is understood Mr Gordievsky told police that he thought one of his long-term friends, a former Russian military intelligence officer, could be responsible for administering the poison.

Last October, Mr Gordievsky was honoured by the Queen at Buckingham Palace in recognition of his services to UK security.

He was made a Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) – the same accolade held by fictional super-spy James Bond.


ORIGINALLY developed to kill rats, thallium quickly established itself as the poison of choice for secret agents during the Cold War.

Colourless, odourless and tasteless – thallium has a long association with murder plots.

Thallium and its compounds dissolve in water and are readily absorbed through the skin.

Hair loss and irreparable damage to the nervous system are among its side-effects, and only a gram of the poison is enough to kill.

If a person survives, heart problems and skin rashes can continue for up to two months.

The poison has been linked to the deaths of those critical of the Russian government.

The journalist Anna Politkovskaya, shot dead on a Moscow street in 2006, was also reportedly a victim of thallium poisoning.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Russia
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1 posted on 04/06/2008 5:18:00 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Putin and Poison. Both begin with P and end with N.
Not sure thats any heavy revelation but there it is!

2 posted on 04/06/2008 5:22:26 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Why does this sound so familiar?

Putin's still playing hardball.

3 posted on 04/06/2008 5:35:03 PM PDT by tlj18 (Governor Sarah Palin for Vice President!)
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To: tflabo

Is Oleg Gordievsky looking for support from the Brits or just what?

4 posted on 04/06/2008 6:02:57 PM PDT by B4Ranch ( Rope, Tree & Traitor; Some Assembly Required || Gun Control Means Never Having To Say I Missed You)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

5 posted on 04/06/2008 6:03:33 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Read 'A Russian Diary' by Anna Politkovskays. It is incredible how she described in this diary how degraded is the entire body politic of Russia. And while America offers mantras ad nauseum, of public mea culpas for whatever reasons 'certain sensibilities demand'. . .Russia (Putin) quietly, ignores the laws of the land; dismantles and destroys every possible enemy that stands in the way of 'Leadership'; leaves 'no one standing' by dark ages techniques of torture and murder; and degrades and abuses, as well it's soldiers; because, they 'serve the State'.

(We only have to recall the Clinton's in the Whtie House, to remember how the 'Left' hates those in uniform - Hillary would prefer mafia protection, no doubt over 'Secret Service'. Think Obama would prefer 'Nation of Islam' by his side. . .)

All said, not unlike the 'country moral'; you can take the man out of the KGB; but you cannot take the KGB out of the man. And Russia surely demonstrates that without a 'moral ground'; without moral Leadership; and a population that can find their individual 'Will' - losing it after generations of 'nanny statism' - and a population, raised as well; without 'moral governance - it is thus, impossible to meet the moral demands of a Democracy.

Another reason, we cannot have the 'Left' in charge of our nation.

Ms. Politkovskaya wrote that Putin, was a man who wore many suits. He always wears the suit of the man, he is meeting.

All to say he is an 'actor' and a perfected and dangerous hypocrite; who like all, with 'Marxist inclinations' and a lust for the totalitarian will-to-power'; is as coldly and ruthlessly, Utilitarian as one can get.

We should always remember that the 'nanny state' is just that. It CREATES BABIES. . .out of ADULTS. And BABIES canNOT think for themselves and they cannot run!

NO THANK YOU, Obama and the same to Hillary; and all their like-minded comrades.

6 posted on 04/06/2008 6:55:08 PM PDT by cricket (Damn Political Correctness; before it irretrievably, damns us all. . .)
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I am still wondering what ever prompted our prez to make the {I looked into his eyes}comment about putin..the lefties I argue with always throw this in my face and I do not have any ammunition to justify georges comment

7 posted on 04/06/2008 7:37:53 PM PDT by ditch bank guru (yet there are soulless men whose hand and mind tear down what time will never give again!!)
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On January 25, 2008, the Washington Post reported that Rick Davis, McCain's campaign manager, helped set up an encounter between McCain and Russian aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska in Switzerland during an international economic conference.

Rick Davis, McCain's campaign manager, and Paul Manafort, McCain's campaign adviser, began profiting by advising Victor Yanukovych and the enemies of democracy in Ukraine.

The Orange Revolution when Victor Yushenko was poisoned. It was funded by George Soros activist groups.

Viktor Yushchenko and the Orange Revolution


Yushchenko fits the New World Order bill like a glove. Can it be any wonder that George Soros – reviled in Ukraine – has offered his support so heavily to the pro-Yushchenko cause? The Soros world agenda centres largely on the idea of a financial-administrative elite and a global central bank, or World “Gosbank,” whose commanding heights will be the new nomenklatura. Who could be better suited for such a role than former Soviet Gosbank apparatchik Viktor Yushchenko? Unless something goes seriously wrong with the West’s plans in Ukraine, Yushchenko can be expected to appear shaking hands with George W. Bush in the White House in a matter of months. His ally, the gas industry oligarch Yulia Timoshenko (rumored to be a billionaire from Russian gas sales), should be joining him. For although she is wanted on an Interpol warrant in Russia for bribery, her name has recently disappeared from the Interpol website, presumably due to her vigorous support of the Orange Revolution.

8 posted on 04/06/2008 7:43:56 PM PDT by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Gordievsky, a KGB double agent who spied on Russia for British intelligence during the 1980s

Some, turn Coats faster then others.
Some get punished for it.
Some are called Oligarch's.
Some followed the Oligarch's.
9 posted on 04/06/2008 7:45:39 PM PDT by modican
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Meanwhile, back at the Kremlin....

10 posted on 04/06/2008 8:07:50 PM PDT by onedoug
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11 posted on 04/06/2008 11:28:18 PM PDT by Cindy
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