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  • Italian Who Met Poisoned Spy Is Arrested

    12/24/2006 5:55:01 PM PST · by jmcenanly · 2 replies · 472+ views
    Comcast News ^ | MARIA SANMINIATELLI
    ROME - An Italian who met with an ex-KGB agent the day the Russian fell fatally ill from radiation poisoning was arrested on Sunday, the man's father said. The accusations against Mario Scaramella _ international arms trafficking and slander _ were not believed to be directly related to the investigation into the poisoning death of Alexander Litvinenko. Scaramella, who is the first person connected to the poisoning case to be arrested, met Litvinenko at a London sushi bar on Nov. 1, the day the former KGB agent fell ill. Litvinenko died of poisoning from radioactive polonium-210 on Nov. 23. The...
  • Dead Spy's Italy Contact Arrested (Litvinenko)

    12/24/2006 4:26:30 PM PST · by blam · 4 replies · 448+ views
    BBC ^ | 12-24-2006
    Dead spy's Italy contact arrested Mario Scaramella met Mr Litvinenko the day he fell ill Police have arrested an Italian man who met Russian former spy Alexander Litvinenko the day he fell ill from poisoning, Italian news agencies said. The two men met at a London sushi bar on 1 November. Mr Litvinenko died on 23 November from radiation poisoning. Mario Scaramella is being investigated in Italy for arms trafficking and violating state secrets. Scotland Yard said the arrest in Naples was not part of their investigation into Mr Litvinenko's death. Mr Scaramella was arrested on his return from London....
  • Italian Who Met spy Litvinenko Arrested (Scaramella nabbed for poisoning)

    12/24/2006 7:08:44 AM PST · by cgk · 18 replies · 879+ views
    Irish Examiner ^ | 12-24-06
    24/12/2006 - 2:18:23 PM Italian who met spy Litvinenko arrested :: latest Police today arrested an Italian security expert who met former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko the day he fell ill from poisoning. Mario Scaramella was arrested in Naples, where he landed on his way back from London, Italian news agencies reported. Rome prosecutors have been investigating Scaramella for violating secrets of his office and possible arms trafficking. Scaramella met Litvinenko at a London sushi bar on November 1, the day the former spy fell ill. On his deathbed on November 23, Litvinenko - a former KGB agent and harsh...
  • Spy killed by $US10m worth of polonium

    12/17/2006 6:10:09 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 61 replies · 2,149+ views
    The Australian ^ | 18 Decenber 2996 | Daniel McGrory and Tony Halpin
    BRITISH investigators believe that Alexander Litvinenko's killers used more than $US10 million of polonium-210 to poison him. Preliminary findings from the post mortem examination on the former KGB spy suggest that he was given more than ten times the lethal dose. Police do not know why the assassins used so much of the polonium-210, and are investigating whether the poison was part of a consignment to be sold on the black market. They believe that whoever orchestrated the plot knew of its effects, but are unsure whether the massive amount was used to send a message - it made it...
  • Litvinenko 'killed over dossier'(damaging info on powerful Russian figures)

    12/16/2006 5:43:34 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 933+ views
    Litvinenko 'killed over dossier' Saturday December 16, 06:34 AM An ex-business associate of Alexander Litvinenko has said that the former Russian spy was murdered because of information he held on a powerful Kremlin figure. Ex-spy Yuri Shvets said Mr Litvinenko was commissioned by a reputable UK firm to provide information on Russia. He told BBC Radio 4 that Mr Litvinenko was poisoned after his dossier containing damaging details was deliberately leaked to the high-ranking Moscow figure. Mr Litvinenko died in London on November 23 from polonium-210 radiation poisoning. Mr Shvets said: "I cannot really be 100% sure, but I am...
  • Russian Unit May Have Got Polonium To Kill Litvinenko

    12/15/2006 6:05:44 PM PST · by blam · 2 replies · 470+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-16-2006 | Duncan Gardham
    Russian unit may have got polonium to kill Litvinenko By Duncan Gardham Last Updated: 1:41am GMT 16/12/2006 A special unit of the Russian secret service could have provided the polonium that killed the former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, The Daily Telegraph has learned. Sources in Russia have suggested that a secret unit called Department V could have obtained the radioactive substance that has left a trail across Europe. Polonium 210 is only produced in a small number of state-controlled facilities and Department V, also known as Vympel, is charged with guarding Russia's nuclear installations. The "Spetsnaz", or special forces unit...
  • Russia no longer murders spies: KGB veteran

    12/14/2006 12:01:09 PM PST · by james500 · 22 replies · 439+ views
    Reuters via ABC News ^ | Dec 14, 2006 | Louis Charbonneau
    BERLIN (Reuters) - The head of an organization of former Russian spies was quoted as saying on Thursday Moscow abandoned its policy of assassinating enemies long ago, and that Alexander Litvinenko was probably murdered by criminals. Former KGB agent Valentin Velichko said fellow former agent Litvinenko, who died in London on November 23 from radiation poisoning, was a traitor but was not killed by Moscow. "That was long ago. It belonged to the days of Stalin," Velichko, head of the Veterans of Foreign Intelligence, told Die Welt newspaper in an interview. Millions died under the rule of dictator Josef Stalin.
  • New Theories Emerging in "Poisoned Spy" Case

    12/13/2006 6:27:20 PM PST · by genefromjersey · 15 replies · 589+ views
    The Inside Straight ^ | 12/13/06 | vanity
    Little by little, the media is letting go of the "Putin-did-it" theory...because the facts keep getting in the way !
  • Spy-killing polonium-210 cost $25 million

    12/13/2006 12:22:30 PM PST · by jdm · 28 replies · 2,043+ views
    UPI via Wash Times ^ | Dec 13, 2006
    German investigators say the radioactive polonium-210 used to kill a former Russian spy in London last month would have cost $25 million on the black market. The Berliner Zeitung quoted a police source Wednesday as saying police were investigating the possibility some of Alexander Litvinenko's business activities involved the illegal smuggling of nuclear materials. "We know that there has been a demand for nuclear materials in terrorist circles for several years," the source said. Litvinenko was a former Russian spy who defected to Britain and became an outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. He died of radiation poisoning in...
  • Spy's poisoning may have been earlier

    12/13/2006 6:57:18 AM PST · by jdm · 4 replies · 439+ views
    AP via News Sentinel ^ | Dec 13, 2006 | MARIA DANILOVA
    MOSCOW - A key witness in the radiation death of former Russian intelligence officer Alexander Litvinenko claimed the poisoning took place earlier than is generally believed, according to a newspaper interview published Wednesday. Andrei Lugovoi, also a former Russian intelligence agent, met with Litvinenko to discuss business at London's Millennium Mayfair Hotel on Nov. 1, a few hours before Litvinenko fell ill. But Lugovoi said in an interview with the Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper that he thinks Litvinenko may have been poisoned two weeks earlier, on the day he and Lugovoi met another business associate, Dmitry Kovtun. Litvinenko, 43, a former...
  • An Inconvenient Truth (Dirty Bomb Plot in London?)

    12/12/2006 9:39:06 AM PST · by Rutles4Ever · 69 replies · 2,899+ views
    Canadian Free Press ^ | 12/11/2006 | William John Hagan
    Alexander Litvinenko, a former officer of the KGB and its more recent incarnation known as the FSB, is a perfect example of an intelligence officer who transferred his loyalties from his country, and the people he was entrusted to serve, to the “enemy” for reasons other than monetary gain...His areas of expertise included counter-terrorism and organized crime. For reasons unknown, Litvinenko became a supporter of the Islamic terrorists leading the rebellion in the separatist region of Chechnya, despite the fact that they had murdered hundreds of his fellow Russians. [SNIP] The fact that Litvinenko recently died as a result of...
  • 'Spy case has damaged Russia'

    12/12/2006 1:23:26 AM PST · by M. Espinola · 30 replies · 853+ views
    Channel 4 News ^ | 11 Dec 2006
    Russia's G8 envoy says speculation surrounding the death of Alexander Litvinenko has caused 'untold damage' to the regime. The admission comes after the focus of the investigation switched to Germany, with police revealing yesterday that one of the key witnesses to Mr Litvinenko's death, Dimitry Kovtun, was contaminated with polonium-210 in Hamburg. That was several days before he met the former Russian spy in a London hotel bar. The German inquiry is focusing on whether Mr Kovtun was in illegal contact with radioactive materials. Igor Shuvalov told Channel 4 News the death was done by someone who wanted to harm...
  • 'Walking Dirty Bomb' Tells of London Meetings

    12/11/2006 10:30:05 PM PST · by Maynerd · 2 replies · 606+ views
    Der Speigel ^ | 12/11/06 | Anna Sadovnikova
    'Walking Dirty Bomb' Tells of London Meetings By Anna Sadovnikova, Hans Hoyng, Thomas Hetlin and Uwe Klussmann A few days before he was put in quarantine in a Moscow hospital, Russian businessman Andrei Lugovoi, believed to be one of Scotland Yard's main suspects in the killing of Alexander Litvinenko, spoke to DER SPIEGEL about his meetings with the former spy. Russian businessman Andrei Lugovoi during an interview on Ekho Moskvy radio in Moscow, November 23. Andrei Lugovoi, 40, former KGB agent, currently a kind of mini magnate in the Russian soft drinks industry, is the man British investigators believe left...
  • Wrap: New polonium poisoning cases in Germany

    12/11/2006 4:02:47 PM PST · by sergey1973 · 14 replies · 1,417+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 12-11-2006 | RIA Novosti
    MOSCOW, December 11 (RIA Novosti) - The ex-wife of a witness in the case of a murdered former Russian security officer, her two children and boyfriend have been hospitalized in Germany with suspected polonium-210 poisoning, the head of the investigation team in Hamburg said Monday. He said a medical examination will show if their organisms contain a dangerous concentration of the radioactive element. Authorities did not identify them by name. Businessman Dmitry Kovtun met with defector Alexander Litvinenko around the time of his poisoning at the beginning of November. Litvinenko, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin's administration and a...
  • Russians raise the stakes in spy probe

    12/11/2006 1:08:10 PM PST · by A. Pole · 11 replies · 482+ views
    The Australian ^ | Dec 11, 2006 | Mark Franchetti and Jon Ungoed-Thomas
    RUSSIAN prosecutors investigating the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, the former spy who defected to Britain, want to travel to London to question a billionaire Russian exile and a Chechen associate. The move is likely to further strain relations between Russia and Britain, which have been undermined by allegations that the FSB, the former KGB, might be involved in the killing. [...] The Russian investigators' targets are Boris Berezovsky, the London-based billionaire businessman who employed Litvinenko and is a long-time critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Akhmed Zakayev, a Chechen exile the Russians want to extradite on charges of terrorism,...
  • The Rotten Heart Of Russia

    12/09/2006 6:22:56 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 770+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-10-2006 | Olga Craig- Andrew Alderson-Helen Womack
    The rotten heart of Russia By Olga Craig, Andrew Alderson and Helen Womack in Moscow, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 1:22am GMT 10/12/2006Page 1 of 5 Scotland Yard detectives have now had a week of official stonewalling. The British ambassador is being threatened by Right-wing thugs. Frustration and intimidation (and increasingly extortion) have become the norm for anyone doing business in Russia. A Moscow police officer outside the British embassy The terse communiqu should have come as no great surprise to the nine Scotland Yard detectives who flew into Moscow's Domodedovo airport last Monday. As their plane touched down, just after...
  • Intrigue grows in case of ex-spy's poisoning

    12/09/2006 6:15:15 PM PST · by A. Pole · 6 replies · 614+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 8, 2006 | David Holley and Kim Murphy
    LONDON Alexander Litvinenko, the former KGB agent at the center of an international poisoning mystery, was buried here Thursday, his body still so radioactive that health officials wouldn't let it be displayed at a memorial service. As friends and colleagues gathered to recite eulogies, sing hymns and, once again, denounce the Russian government which many blame for his death the intrigue picked up yet another layer: The Russian news agency Interfax announced that a key witness and possible suspect in the case had fallen into a coma in a Moscow hospital hours after being questioned by British...
  • "Polonium" Restaurant Capitalizes on Ex-KGB Spy Case

    12/09/2006 1:02:05 PM PST · by lizol · 13 replies · 497+ views
    novinite ^ | 5 December 2006
    "Polonium" Restaurant Capitalizes on Ex-KGB Spy Case Business: 5 December 2006, Tuesday. The owners of a restaurant in northern England are having their hands full these days, unexpectedly capitalizing on the death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko. The reason for the rising popularity of the establishment in Sheffield is in its name - "The Polonium Restaurant". Ever since word broke that the former Russian spy was poisoned with radioactive polonium-210, the place has been fully packed. The Polish owner say the place was not named after the radioactive stuff, but a Polish folk band he played in some 30...
  • Putin's Russia: Something to Hide?

    12/09/2006 11:03:43 AM PST · by lizol · 56 replies · 940+ views
    TOL ^ | 8 December 2006
    Something to Hide? by TOL 8 December 2006 If the Kremlin's hands are clean in the Litvinenko case, why won't it let British investigators do their work? When Alexander Litvinenko's remains were laid to rest in London's Highgate Cemetery on 7 December, his body was so radioactive that it had to be buried in a specially sealed casket. It will be a lot harder, however, to contain the fallout from the ex-KGB spy's death. As a week filled with a series of bizarre revelations in the Litvinenko case drew to a close, Scotland Yard detectives appeared to be inching tantalizingly...
  • Radiation 'trace' at German homes

    12/09/2006 9:18:20 AM PST · by bulldozer · 5 replies · 445+ views
    BBC ^ | 12/09/06 | BBC
    Police in Germany say they have found indications of radiation in two properties apparently used by a contact of murdered spy Alexander Litvinenko. Dmitry Kovtun, who met the former KGB agent on the day he fell ill, is being treated in hospital in Russia. Police said traces of radiation were found at the Hamburg flat of his ex-wife and at her mother's home outside the city. Officials in Moscow said Russian police may travel to Britain.