Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) speaks to Sergei Yastrzhembsky, his envoy in charge of Russia-EU relations during the EU-Russia Summit in Helsinki, Friday 24 November 2006. Russia stood accused of being behind the death of former spy Alexander Litvinenko by a mysterious poisoning in what critics alleged was a Soviet-style sting by Moscow's secret services, a charge the Kremlin denied. EPA/DENIS SINYAKOV / POOL
Yes, old Putin's buddies. They have the most to gain.
Nov 27th, 2006 - 22:09:24
But it begs the question: If so then why did Putin want to take down a private oil company?
Nov 27th, 2006 - 22:35:38
Probably because when the Soviet Empire fell these 'oil' companies were sold for pennies on the dollar to the friends of old commie hands.
Nov 27th, 2006 - 22:38:34
For interesting information see the two Guardian articles,
then make a judgement.
Nov 27th, 2006 - 22:46:37
Those small oil companies were reaping big profits, and the heads of those companies were also critical of Putin. What better way to justify government takeover than to trump up charges against the firm heads and put folks in jail who yelled foul?
Nov 27th, 2006 - 22:47:04
I do not think Putin was behind this piosoning,
the circumstances are just too obvious and convient.
I believe Israel and some oiliguards are behind
this smear campaign for a number of reasons;
Putin is a major irratant to Israel at the UN,
Putin has justly reclaimed Yukos and other assets
for the Russian people, and Putin is standing in
the way of jewish control of the Russian press.
Putin implicated in murder by the victim himself
Nov 27th, 2006 - 23:18:43
Putin's gambit on this one is exactly related to the 'plausible denial' he could make while manipulating those EU politicians who might be too embarrassed to admit that they had been 'had.'
The EU had better assert itself as a union of free states against the Russian extortion and coercion, or else the aggressive programs that Putin has had in motion will divide the EU. Putin's goal, as Russian despots traditionally do, is to hammer a wedge between the European Union and the United States, and to dominate the EU with a combination of charm, menace and violence. It would be a great rollback of all free nations' gains to let this happen. Partisans in the EU and USA must check their usual internecine squabbling at the door and realize that every day they luxuriate in posturing, banter and division, the neo-Soviet regime, which has no democratic hurdles to getting things done, is pushing inroads into the EU system.
If Putin were not behind the murder, then why would he have presided over the squelching of over 20 investigations of murdered dissident journalists? If he didn't kill Litvinenko, then surely he would be too civilized to murder Politskovskaya, or the other 20 or so journalists and dissidents executed in Russia.
There will be comments designed to blame all of the usual Russian nationalistic scapegoats - the Jews, Chechens, and ultimately - 'the West.' I see some of them here.
Without Putin's nod, access to the Russian nuclear reactor necessary to safely obtain and conceal this radioactive substance with a 138 day half-life, and placed in a form amenable to poisoning, would be unlikely if not impossible. The expertise involved would require orders to compartmentalized parties to cooperate and help with the operation.
The track record of Kremlin-backed poisonings, bounties, and 'enemies of Russia' hunter-killer missions suggests that Putin is the most likely suspect giving the nod to poison a British citizen Litvinenko, and anyone who unfortunately breathed in the Polonium-210.
Modern Terror Warfare
Nov 27th, 2006 - 23:44:30
Putin is reigning in the reformers. The murder was so, purposely, designed to send a message, along with copious other assasinations, that no one else really benefits.
Putin is mastering the terror war. He only targets specific people, and never takes repsonsibility. No one ever has to account for it.
Putin can't use energy as a weapon if he can't control the apparatus that produces it. He can't allow reformers to halt his actions.
The only two seasons in Moscow: Spring and Winter.
Nov 28th, 2006 - 00:55:29
What am I missing here? Polonium-210 is a component in StaticMaster antistatic brushes readily available at any camera store. You have to ingest or inhale this stuff for it to be damaging (not easily done the way these brushes are designed). But the stuff is clearly available by means other than a reactor.
Nov 28th, 2006 - 01:28:18
Who cares who killed him? He was a spy! If Russia didn't kill him, then the U.S. would have. Why does everyone seem so shocked by this?