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  • Russian oligarch, Kremlin critic Berezovsky dies in Britain

    03/25/2013 2:31:43 PM PDT · by Red Badger
    AFP ^ | 03-24-2013 | By Alice Ritchie
    LONDON — Boris Berezovsky, the exiled Russian oligarch and long-time opponent of the Kremlin, died at his home in Britain on Saturday aged 67 in unexplained circumstances, officials said. British police launched a full investigation into the death at the mansion in the well-heeled commuter town of Ascot, near London, saying it was "currently being treated as unexplained". Berezovsky's lawyer Alexander Dobrovinsky told Russian television the tycoon had committed suicide after suffering from weeks of depression over his huge debts, although another friend strongly denied this. Berezovsky was one of handful of businessmen who made a fortune out of the...
  • Slow-acting killer that was Saddam's favourite instrument of vengeance

    11/19/2006 11:31:47 PM PST · by MadIvan · 9 replies · 2,347+ views
    The Times ^ | November 20, 2006 | Mark Henderson
    On New Year’s Day in 1988, Abdullah Ali, an Iraqi businessman who had been living in London for eight years, joined three compatriots for dinner at a restaurant called Cleopatra in Notting Hill.The next morning, he was taken ill with flu-like symptoms and was admitted to hospital. There his condition rapidly deteriorated — his hair fell out, he developed excruciating skin and joint pain, and paralysis and respiratory failure began to set in. Fifteen days later he was dead — but not before he had begun to wonder whether something had been added to his vodka. He was right: the...
  • The Polonium Diversion

    12/27/2006 12:16:00 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 10 replies · 555+ views
    EdwardJayEpstein.com ^ | December 10, 2006 | Edward Jay Epstein
    The Polonium Diversion At least a dozen people have been contaminated by the rare radioactive isotope Polonium 210. The list includes Alexander Litvinenko, the ex-Lieutenant Colonel in the KGB who died from a dose of Polonium 210 in London on November 23rd; Andrei Lugovoi, a former colleague of Litvinenko in the KGB, who met with Litvinenko at the Pine bar of the Millennium Hotel in London the day he became ill, November 1st; Dmitry Lugovoi, Lugovoi’s business associate, who also attended that November 1st meetings; 7 employees of the Millennium Hotel; Mario Scaramella, an Italian security consultant, who dined with...
  • British Government Seeks to Limit Disclosure in Litvinenko Case

    02/26/2013 4:33:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 26, 2013 | Alan Cowell
    The British government sought on Tuesday to limit the information it would disclose at a planned inquest into the death of Alexander V. Litvinenko, a former officer in the K.G.B. who succumbed to radiation poisoning in London more than six years ago. The coroner hearing the case said that it may now be postponed. “Due to the complexity of the investigation which necessarily precedes the hearings,” the coroner, Sir Robert Owen, said, “it may not be possible to adhere” to the planned May 1 start date for the hearings. The inquest would be the first — and probably the only...
  • Al-Jazeera: Tests suggest Arafat died of polonium poisoning

    07/03/2012 12:57:11 PM PDT · by KingOfVagabonds · 41 replies
    Al-Jazeera ^ | 7/3/12 | Gregg Carlstrom
    Recent tests conducted on Yasser Arafat's personal belongings at the time of his unexpected death in 2004 suggest his body contained abnormal levels of radioactive polonium, the same poisonous substance that killed Russian spy-turned-dissident Alexander Litvinenko, Al-Jazeera TV reports.
  • Police seize 100,000 anti-Vladimir Putin books

    06/17/2010 12:32:16 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 398+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 06/16/10
    Police seize 100,000 anti-Vladimir Putin books Russian police seized 100,000 copies of a book critical of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin that activists planned to hand out at the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum. Published: 6:22PM BST 16 Jun 2010 Copies of 'Putin. The Results. 10 Years on', written by opposition politicians Boris Nemtsov and Vladimir Milov were "intended for participants of the forum", starting Thursday, according to Olga Kurnosova, head of the city's branch of the opposition United Civic Front, said. The reasons for the seizure "are not very clear", she said. The book, which has a total print-run of...
  • Moscow Parade 2010 (Full Video)

    05/09/2010 11:23:21 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 70 replies · 2,427+ views
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxPAdmlZCHI&feature=player_embedded
  • Litvinenko’s Assassination and Iran’s Nuclear Program Linked by…Putin’s Russia

    12/01/2009 6:08:17 AM PST · by captjanaway · 275+ views
    Family Security Matters ^ | December 1, 2009 | Robin McFee
    Over the last week, Russia was again at the center of two important and contentious issues – both making headlines. One involves an increasingly chilly relationship between Russia and the United Kingdom, as the latter continues to press the former for information about the assassination of a British Citizen – Alexander Litvinenko, which by all accounts was likely carried out by Russians using a poison that was obtained in Russia – Polonium 210 (Po210). Which Russians committed the act, under the authority of whom and for what purpose, remain shrouded in mystery. The name Vladimir Putin is inextricably linked in...
  • Russia and terrorism

    04/28/2009 7:02:23 AM PDT · by ETL · 8 replies · 463+ views
    various sources
    Blowing up Russia: The Secret Plot to Bring Back KGB Terror by Alexander Litvinenko, Yuri Felshtinsky, Geoffrey Andrews and Co (Translator), Geoffrey Andrews and Co. (Translator) Synopsis: Blowing Up Russia contains the allegations of ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko against his former spymasters in Moscow which led to his being murdered in London in November 2006. In the book he and historian Yuri Felshtinsky detail how since 1999 the Russian secret service has been hatching a plot to return to the terror that was the hallmark of the KGB. Vividly written and based on Litvinenko's 20 years of insider knowledge of...
  • Russians close to carrying out 'perfect murder' when they poisoned Alexander Litvinenko

    07/05/2008 8:58:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies · 183+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph ^ | 05/07/2008 | Sean Rayment
    Russian agents came close to carrying out the perfect assassination on British soil when they killed Alexander Litvinenko... Security sources have disclosed that the former Russian spy would have died within hours had the poisoned tea he was given been served hot. Litvinenko, a former KGB agent who had become a critic of the government of Russia's then president, Vladimir Putin... Security sources say that during the meeting Litvinenko took just a few sips of the tea but left the remainder of the cup because it was cold. "If Litvinenko had drunk all the tea he would have been dead...
  • Russians Suspected in Shooting of Kremlin Critic Near D.C., et al.

    02/24/2008 3:47:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies · 333+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | February 24, 2008 | Newsmax
    <p>1. Russians Suspected in Shooting of Kremlin Critic Near D.C.</p> <p>One year ago, Kremlin critic Paul Joyal was gunned down in the driveway of his suburban Maryland home. The case remains unsolved — but some see the hand of Russia in the shooting.</p>
  • Who Killed Litvinenko? - Try asking Vladimir Putin

    11/27/2006 12:33:08 AM PST · by Zakeet · 75 replies · 1,647+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 27, 2006 | David Satter
    MOSCOW--Until a week ago, Alexander Litvinenko, a former colonel in the Russian Federal Security Service, the FSB, was virtually unknown outside the murky world of Russian intelligence. With his death in London from a massive dose of the radioactive element polonium 210, however, his fate may lead to a fundamentally different relationship between Russia and the West. Beginning with the Yeltsin era, two U.S. administrations have muted their criticism of Russia. This was the case even in the face of a series of political murders in Russia. But if Litvinenko, a British subject, was murdered by Russian intelligence on British...
  • Like Old Times, KGB Murders Continue

    12/03/2006 2:26:43 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies · 727+ views
    humanevents.com ^ | Dec 01, 2006 | Herbert Romerstein
    The murder in London this week of KGB defector Alexander Litvinenko takes us back to the horrible memories of Soviet murders during the Cold War. Millions were murdered within the Soviet Union, but well-planned selected murders took place in the free world. We hoped that with the collapse of the Soviet Union this sort of thing would end. An interesting statement was made by a representative of the Russian intelligence service who denied responsibility for the Litvinenko murder. He claimed that the last killing they did abroad was of Stepan Bandera, the leader of the anti-communist Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists...
  • FORMER RUSSIAN PREMIER GAIDAR WAS POISONED TOO, SAYS DAUGHTER

    11/30/2006 9:03:43 AM PST · by NativeNewYorker · 30 replies · 1,070+ views
    deutsche presse via email, no url | 11/30/6
    London (dpa) - Former Russian prime minister Yegor Gaidar, who was hospitalized after falling ill at a conference in Ireland, was poisoned, his daughter claimed Thursday. ``It was a political poisoning,'' Maria Gaidar told the BBC's News 24 channel. Doctors see ``no other grounds'' for the mystery illness, she said. The 50-year-old was initially hospitalized in Ireland and has since returned to Moscow where he remains in hospital but is said to be improving. Gaidar was acting prime minister in 1992, though Russia's legislature ultimately vetoed his candidacy. In the 1990s, he served as economics and finance minister and as...
  • Poisoned former KGB spy dies in London

    11/23/2006 3:15:43 PM PST · by lunarbicep · 124 replies · 8,280+ views
    Yahoo News & AP ^ | November 23, 2006 | TARIQ PANJA
    Poisoned Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko died on Thursday in an intensive care ward, London's University College Hospital said. Litvinenko, a fierce critic of the Russian government, suffered a rapid deterioration in his health on Thursday, but doctors still were unable to determine the cause of his death, a spokesman said in a statement.
  • Kremlin gave order to kill dissident and former spy, claims top defector

    11/22/2006 7:31:05 AM PST · by Valin · 11 replies · 482+ views
    The Times ^ | 11/20/06 | Michael Binyon
    Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned on the direct orders of the Kremlin because of his biting mockery of President Putin, according to a former Soviet spy now living in Britain. Oleg Gordievsky, the most senior KGB agent to defect to Britain, said that the attempt to kill Mr Litvinenko had been state-sponsored. It was carried out by a Russian friend and former colleague who had been recruited secretly in prison by the FSB, the successor to the KGB. The Italian who allegedly put poison in Mr Litvinenko’s sushi “had nothing to do with it”. “Of course it is state-sponsored. He was...