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Rare poison used on Yushchenko, doctors say
Sydney Morning Herald ^ | December 9, 2004

Posted on 12/08/2004 9:26:16 AM PST by dead

Ukrainian opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko.
Photo: AFP

Ukraine's opposition leader, Viktor Yushchenko was poisoned in an assassination attempt during campaigning in September, a British daily reported yesterday, quoting the doctor who oversaw his treatment.

Doctors at the Rudolfinerhaus clinic in Vienna were close to identifying the substance that left Mr Yushchenko's face disfigured with cysts and lesions, Nikolai Korpan was quoted as telling The Times.

Specialists in Britain, the US and France had helped to establish that it was a biological or chemical agent or, most likely, a rare poison that struck Mr Yushchenko down before the presidential election, Dr Korpan said. Doctors needed to examine him again to confirm their diagnosis, but "we are now sure that we can confirm which substance caused this illness", the doctor said. "He received this substance from other people who had a specific aim."

Asked if the aim had been to kill him, Dr Korpan said: "Yes, of course."

Proof that Mr Yushchenko was deliberately poisoned would be a devastating blow for his rival, the Prime Minister, Viktor Yanukovich, as the two candidates prepare for a repeat of a presidential run-off on December 26, The Times said.

Mr Yushchenko had said recently that he would soon reveal proof that his opponents had tried to assassinate him, but a spokeswoman said he had no plans to travel to Vienna, the newspaper said.

Mr Yushchenko fell ill on September 6 and was taken to Rudolfinerhaus four days later with severe abdominal pain and lesions on his face and trunk, The Times said.

His liver, pancreas and intestines were swollen and his digestive tract covered in ulcers, but doctors could not explain the symptoms.

Against their advice he went back on the campaign trail after a week, but returned to the clinic two weeks later with back pain.

His Austrian doctors had said previously they had no proof of a criminal poisoning.

Nevertheless his campaign staff have insisted the medical exam revealed that Mr Yushchenko's illness had been caused "by a viral infection and chemical substances that are not usually found in food products".

Agence France-Presse


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; Russia
KEYWORDS: conspiracy; ukraine; yushchenko
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the substance that left Mr Yushchenko's face disfigured with cysts and lesions

They apparently also tried to kill Edward James Olmos.

1 posted on 12/08/2004 9:26:16 AM PST by dead
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To: dead

LOL! Can you believe Lorraine Bracco married that mutt?


2 posted on 12/08/2004 9:28:30 AM PST by wideawake (God bless our brave soldiers and their Commander in Chief)
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To: dead

That's not funny.


3 posted on 12/08/2004 9:28:48 AM PST by Hildy (The really great men are always simple and true)
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To: wideawake

Shame on you. Let's see what you look like.


4 posted on 12/08/2004 9:29:27 AM PST by Hildy (The really great men are always simple and true)
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To: dead

Who needs Clancy novels.


5 posted on 12/08/2004 9:29:44 AM PST by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: dead

Rare smacks of KGB. Putins up to his ears in this one.


6 posted on 12/08/2004 9:30:32 AM PST by Pylot
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To: dead

A Russian immigrant poster on another blog that I regularly visit, told us that they were still the same old Commies. (same old dirty tactics) Just underground now.

She said Putin wouldn't have gotten to where he was (in the KGB?) without ruthlessness. He's never fooled her for one minute.


7 posted on 12/08/2004 9:30:58 AM PST by vrwcagent0498 (Mark Levin and Ann Coulter are my patron saints.)
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To: All

Pray for him!


8 posted on 12/08/2004 9:32:18 AM PST by Esther Ruth
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To: wideawake

EJO's politics are worse than his skin!


9 posted on 12/08/2004 9:33:09 AM PST by dead (To: dead - You Sir, are a du troll that needs to go back from whence you came - AxelPaulsenJr)
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To: dead

Are Bulgarians still being use to do Russian 'wet jobs'?


10 posted on 12/08/2004 9:34:46 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: Esther Ruth

I will. He sounds like a courageous, fine man.

Whoever did this to him will be paid back by the Almighty. Tenfold.


11 posted on 12/08/2004 9:35:28 AM PST by vrwcagent0498 (Mark Levin and Ann Coulter are my patron saints.)
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To: Hildy

I saw a photo with a lady arm in arm with this guy. I was thinking at the time, "this fellow had a rough puberty". I didn't know how it was caused. I really fell bad for him. The least we want for him is a full recovery, and maybe he'll win, too.


12 posted on 12/08/2004 9:36:31 AM PST by fritzz (Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." Will Rogers)
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To: Hildy
Let's say, for argument's sake, I look exactly like a young Don Knotts or like Horshack from Welcome Back Kotter.

I would still be 1000x better-looking that Olmos.

13 posted on 12/08/2004 9:37:18 AM PST by wideawake (God bless our brave soldiers and their Commander in Chief)
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To: dead

Indeed. He was a big booster of the Sandinistas as I recall.


14 posted on 12/08/2004 9:38:35 AM PST by wideawake (God bless our brave soldiers and their Commander in Chief)
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To: Pylot

Doubt it. If there's one thing the KGB does well it's kill people.
This is much to amateurish for them.


15 posted on 12/08/2004 9:40:09 AM PST by dwilli
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To: Pylot

look if they wanted to kill him he would be dead... Poison and the whole fanfare about attempt at ones life was a PR move pure and simple it was right before the elections comon.


16 posted on 12/08/2004 9:40:45 AM PST by eluminate
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To: wideawake
What a haughty thing to say. He is ruggedly handsome. And some of the most beautiful women think so.


17 posted on 12/08/2004 9:42:35 AM PST by Hildy (The really great men are always simple and true)
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To: dead
OK this Ukrainian thing is confusing, now is this guy with the messed up face the pro-western guy or the pro-russian guy?
Their names are so similar this story has been so hard to follow :(
18 posted on 12/08/2004 9:43:38 AM PST by Echo Talon
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To: Echo Talon

He's the pro-Western one.


19 posted on 12/08/2004 9:45:28 AM PST by vrwcagent0498 (Mark Levin and Ann Coulter are my patron saints.)
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To: eluminate

Please. Of course they poisoned him. Just look at what the doctors had to say and check out the before and after shots of him on Google sometime.

Such a move by a Putin-backed outfit is unacceptable. Putin is NOT the new Czar of Russia. Nor is he charged with the task of bringing back the old Soviet Empire. Putin's way of doing things is over. And someone needs to tell him that. Very loudly.


20 posted on 12/08/2004 9:45:40 AM PST by DaveDCMetro
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To: wideawake

Dude, show some respect!


21 posted on 12/08/2004 9:46:28 AM PST by DaveDCMetro
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To: vrwcagent0498

What's so sad is he was quite handsome before he got poisoned.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-1393172,00.html


22 posted on 12/08/2004 9:46:43 AM PST by vrwcagent0498 (Mark Levin and Ann Coulter are my patron saints.)
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To: Hildy

I've seen better looking heads on boils.


23 posted on 12/08/2004 9:47:00 AM PST by Slump Tester (John Kerry - When even your best still isn't good enough)
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This guy had actor good looks before the poisoning. What dirty bastards these people are.

Putin as in Ras-putin? Same modus operandi.


24 posted on 12/08/2004 9:47:29 AM PST by kinghorse
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To: kinghorse

Leopards don't lose their spots. ;)


25 posted on 12/08/2004 9:49:09 AM PST by vrwcagent0498 (Mark Levin and Ann Coulter are my patron saints.)
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To: Slump Tester

You too, show some respect!


26 posted on 12/08/2004 9:49:58 AM PST by DaveDCMetro
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To: kinghorse

plz if they wanted him dead they woulda done it.
there was an article on bbc how they think it was a disease where his blood vessels in the face exploded causing the skin condition.

I say it was all a stunt for pr before elections.


27 posted on 12/08/2004 9:51:14 AM PST by eluminate
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To: vrwcagent0498

which blog? got a link?


28 posted on 12/08/2004 9:52:01 AM PST by lectricpup (arf, arf)
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To: Slump Tester

You're an idiot.


29 posted on 12/08/2004 9:52:02 AM PST by Hildy (The really great men are always simple and true)
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To: Pylot

They've really fallen. There once was a time where they wouldn't have screwed something like this up.


30 posted on 12/08/2004 9:55:05 AM PST by IGOTMINE (One little, two little, three little Hadjis...)
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To: vrwcagent0498
He's the pro-Western one.

Thank you

31 posted on 12/08/2004 9:55:12 AM PST by Echo Talon
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To: wideawake
"Let's say, for argument's sake, I look exactly like a young Don Knotts or like Horshack "


ick... You look like Horshack? You should check into getting some plastic surgery. They can do some wonderful things these days which should allow you to go outside without getting ridiculed too much.
32 posted on 12/08/2004 9:56:17 AM PST by monday
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To: lectricpup

www.nicedoggie.net (watch out-dirty words!)

I used to go into the "VRCW" chat room and I asked her (Natasha) what she thought of Bush & Putin's seemingly good relationship. She had no kind words for Putin and she said what I posted above. (she's very anti-communist)

She used to visit the chatroom often, though I haven't been there in a while. She has a spoof e-mail address and her blog doesn't allow comments anymore. She's funny as heck, but don't make her angry. She's pretty tough. ;)


33 posted on 12/08/2004 9:57:26 AM PST by vrwcagent0498 (Mark Levin and Ann Coulter are my patron saints.)
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To: Slump Tester
Shame on you for such a crude statement...one that sounds like a DUer. It's totally wrong to make cruel and humiliating statements about a person's physical appearances/limitations. (usually ones that are beyond their control or choice)

FReepers are usually ABOVE such tackiness.

34 posted on 12/08/2004 9:58:01 AM PST by mommadooo3
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To: vrwcagent0498

Oops, that's the VRWC chatroom.


35 posted on 12/08/2004 9:58:09 AM PST by vrwcagent0498 (Mark Levin and Ann Coulter are my patron saints.)
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To: IGOTMINE

Interestingly, a couple of weeks after this story hit the States (it's been in the news for a few weeks now), Putin lamented to the press about America's desire for empire. Victor Y. is married to an American, and a former Reagan employee. If Putin literally tried to have him killed, I can imagine the sorts of signals the Bush WH is sending over to the Kremlin right now. Can anyone say, Michael Corleone-style payback? Big bad Putin must be scared stiff.


36 posted on 12/08/2004 9:58:29 AM PST by DaveDCMetro
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To: eluminate
"I say it was all a stunt for pr before elections."

please.... Don't be an idiot. No one would do that to themselves in order to win an election. He was a good looking successful guy. Now he's a monster.
37 posted on 12/08/2004 10:01:10 AM PST by monday
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To: monday

Plus, his vital organs were all inflamed. Who the h**l would do that to himself just to win an election?


38 posted on 12/08/2004 10:02:21 AM PST by vrwcagent0498 (Mark Levin and Ann Coulter are my patron saints.)
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To: Cindy; Velveeta; nw_arizona_granny
Specialists in Britain, the US and France had helped to establish that it was a biological or chemical agent or, most likely, a rare poison that struck Mr Yushchenko down before the presidential election, Dr Korpan said. Doctors needed to examine him again to confirm their diagnosis, but "we are now sure that we can confirm which substance caused this illness", the doctor said. "He received this substance from other people who had a specific aim."

The truth is starting to be revealed.

39 posted on 12/08/2004 10:07:10 AM PST by texasbluebell
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To: eluminate

In all my years on Free Republic, I have never read such a ridiculous comment. And I've read quite a few in my time (Hell, I've made quite a few). I'm going to put yours up for some kind of an award.


40 posted on 12/08/2004 10:11:37 AM PST by Hildy (The really great men are always simple and true)
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To: dead

This reminds me of the days when the KGB sent out assassins armed with poison-tipped umbrellas.

I don't think there's much doubt about this poisoning story. Yushchencko may be a Socialist, and he may be supported by Soros and the Euroswine, but he's infinitely preferable to the alternative. Better a pal of Chirac's running the Ukraine than to see the Ukraine disappear permanently into the maw of a new USSR.

Putin has clearly gone off his rocker. He has blown the opportunity to work with Bush against Russia's dangerous Islamic enemies to the south. In fact there's some evidence that he has encouraged these Islamic terrorists because he prefers them to the Chechen "nationalists," a dangerous mistake in my view.

Only yesterday Putin visited Iraq and issued an insulting criticism of the acting head of state there, with whom he had just met. He's angry because he has lost his cushy oil for weapons deals with Saddam. But again, his behavior is stupid. Saddam is gone and he seems to be foaming at the mouth with sheer vindictiveness. It's not in Russia's interest to make an even firmer enemy of the new Iraq.


41 posted on 12/08/2004 10:12:56 AM PST by Cicero (Nil illegitemus carborundum est)
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To: dead
Wow. This stuff is unbelievable.
42 posted on 12/08/2004 10:17:23 AM PST by b4its2late (Early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.)
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To: dead

Pock-marked? Is that caused by some type of pox, like chicken pox or small pox? For those conspiracy buffs, all those fowl that China had to kill off a few years back. Wonder if they developed an agent from the fowl and sold it on the black market? What a scenario!


43 posted on 12/08/2004 10:18:13 AM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: vrwcagent0498

Having had pancreatitis and general evil gi system, I tell you nobody in his right mind hurt their pancreas on purpose...it plays evil, evil getback....hurts like a heart attack and pain relievers often make it worse....


44 posted on 12/08/2004 10:18:30 AM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: lilylangtree

Doesn't Russia (or ex-USSR scientists who are hiding it) actually still have the small pox virus? Seems I heard that on a documentary not that long ago.


45 posted on 12/08/2004 10:19:56 AM PST by vrwcagent0498 (Mark Levin and Ann Coulter are my patron saints.)
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To: Pylot

Believe it or not, these two pictures are of the same man.

46 posted on 12/08/2004 10:21:22 AM PST by timpad (The Wizard Tim - Keeper of the Holy Hand Grenade, Finder of Obscurata)
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To: monday
ick... You look like Horshack?

LOL! Not in the slightest. It was a hypothetical.

47 posted on 12/08/2004 10:39:47 AM PST by wideawake (God bless our brave soldiers and their Commander in Chief)
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To: timpad

how come the MSM hasn't shown this over here?? are they for the "other guy" who will pull out troops from iraq??i hear Soros helped the "other guy" very hard to follow


48 posted on 12/08/2004 10:42:42 AM PST by rang1995 (They will love us when we win)
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To: vrwcagent0498

=== they were still the same old Commies. (same old dirty tactics) Just underground now.


Underground?

Are you paying attention to how much were paying former KGB and Stasi to implement Patriot I and II under the sure-to-be-signed legislatoin creating our Ministry of Information?

The upcoming Annus Horribilus is going to come as a real shocker to many.


49 posted on 12/08/2004 10:46:42 AM PST by Askel5 ( Cooperatio voluntaria ad suicidium est legi morali contraria. )
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To: timpad

I am amazed the poor guy survived such a venomous onslaught. He must be tough as nails! God bless him and protect him.


50 posted on 12/08/2004 10:51:06 AM PST by broadsword (When Islam creeps into a human society, oppression, misogyny and terror come hard on its heels.)
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