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    Alexander Litvinenko 'killed on third attempt'

    Alexander Litvinenko 'killed on third attempt'

    BBC - January 27. 2015

    Two prior attempts to kill ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko may have been made before he died from radiation poisoning in 2006, the BBC has learned. The one-time officer with the successor to the KGB fled to the UK where he became a fierce critic of the Kremlin and worked for security service MI6. A public inquiry into the London death of the 43-year-old opens on Tuesday.

    Mr Litvinenko's widow says the inquiry will give people "a chance to understand who killed my husband". Marina Litvinenko says he blamed the Kremlin as he lay dying in hospital but Russia denies any involvement. Her lawyer has described his murder as "an act of state-sponsored nuclear terrorism on the streets of London". Two prior attempts to kill ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko may have been made before he died from radiation poisoning in 2006, the BBC has learned. BBC security correspondent Gordon Corera said investigators followed a radioactive trail across London and it suggested Mr Litvinenko was poisoned not on the first attempt, but on the third. BBC security correspondent Gordon Corera said investigators followed a radioactive trail across London and it suggested Mr Litvinenko was poisoned not on the first attempt, but on the third.

    The death of Mr Litvinenko, who took British citizenship after his arrival in the UK, had already led to a clouding of relations between London and Moscow, with expulsions of diplomats from the embassies of both countries. He died three weeks after becoming violently ill in November 2006 following a meeting with two former Russian agents at the Millennium Hotel in central London. UK police say radioactive polonium-210 was administered in a cup of tea, and identified two suspects in the case - Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun. But the two Russians have disputed their claims.

    The police officer who oversaw the investigation, Peter Clarke, the former head of the Metropolitan Police Counter-Terrorism Command, says Mr Litvinenko's death was "unprecedented". "There was a very strong forensic trail left behind because of the way - it is suggested that Litvinenko had been attacked," he said. "But what was unusual of course was having radioactivity involved. This was unprecedented." Speaking ahead of the inquest, Mrs Litvinenko recalled her husband's deathbed claim at University College Hospital in which he said Russian President Vladimir Putin was responsible for "everything that happened to him".
    A political murder in London ordered by Vladimir Putin. Apparently, the Russian assassins carried Polonium-210 all across London in three separate attempts to silence a Putin critic. The Putin regime in Moscow steadfastly refuses to extradite Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun to face trial for a capital crime. Murder suspect Andrei Lugovoi is at this time a deputy in the Russian parliament.


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    Re: Alexander Litvinenko 'killed on third attempt'

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    Alexander Litvinenko 'killed on third attempt'

    A political murder in London ordered by Vladimir Putin. Apparently, the Russian assassins carried Polonium-210 all across London in three separate attempts to silence a Putin critic. The Putin regime in Moscow steadfastly refuses to extradite Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun to face trial for a capital crime. Murder suspect Andrei Lugovoi is at this time a deputy in the Russian parliament.
    So this is a Russian state sponsored terror then.
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    Re: Alexander Litvinenko 'killed on third attempt'

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    A political murder in London ordered by Vladimir Putin. Apparently, the Russian assassins carried Polonium-210 all across London in three separate attempts to silence a Putin critic. The Putin regime in Moscow steadfastly refuses to extradite Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun to face trial for a capital crime. Murder suspect Andrei Lugovoi is at this time a deputy in the Russian parliament.
    What is very interesting in these cases, is the fact that there is no real law except in the country where the order is given and in the one in which the order is filled. In a case like this one, due process in the order giving country would probably be under overriding national security to deal with combatants or spies. We do this sometimes with drones, where we say that the person is plotting to kill Americans. While we would say that a journalist does not fall into the "killable" other countries might and do. But without an international system to protect individuals from such action and nations from such people, it is one opinion against the other.

    We need a much better r2p law at the international level with all the things a legal system requires. Till then it will remain a names calling match.

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    Re: Alexander Litvinenko 'killed on third attempt'

    Quote Originally Posted by Simpleχity View Post
    Alexander Litvinenko 'killed on third attempt'
    A political murder in London ordered by Vladimir Putin. Apparently, the Russian assassins carried Polonium-210 all across London in three separate attempts to silence a Putin critic. The Putin regime in Moscow steadfastly refuses to extradite Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun to face trial for a capital crime. Murder suspect Andrei Lugovoi is at this time a deputy in the Russian parliament.
    They tried to do the same thing (this time with poison) with pro Western Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko 10 years ago so their horizons aren't just limited to their own. It was a miracle this guy survived given the level of dioxins in his blood. Just like with the Litvinenko case too Russia sheltered the culprits after the deed. This seems to have been a preferred 'disposal' method used by the Kremlin at this time

    BBC NEWS | Europe | Russia blamed over poison probe
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