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    UK - Poison: KGB men to face Litvinenko murder charges



    Litvenko died following a three-week fight for life in Nov. 2006

    Evening Standard april 22, 2007

    "Scotland Yard detectives are to issue arrest warrants against three former KGB officers suspected of poisoning ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.

    Police have told sources close to Mr Litvinenko's widow Marina that they intend to lay charges of murder and poisoning against the men, who met the victim three weeks before his death in London.

    The move will damage the already strained relationship between Downing Street and the Kremlin, which is almost certain to block any request for the men's arrest and extradition.

    Warrants are expected to be issued against Andrei Lugovoy, Dmitri Kovtun and Vyacheslav Sokolenko within the next few weeks.

    All three former agents have vehemently protested their innocence of any involvement in the murder plot. They all claim that they, too, were contaminated with the deadly radioactive material polonium-210 which poisoned Mr Litvinenko, a strong critic of President Vladimir Putin's regime.

    Mr Putin's government is already furious with Tony Blair for granting political asylum to billionaire dissident Boris Berezovsky, who has continued to demand the overthrow of the Russian leader from his UK base.

    Forty-three-year-old Mr Litvinenko, himself a former KGB officer who had been granted political asylum to live in Britain, suffered a horrific death in a London hospital on November 23 last year after poison caused his hair to drop out and his vital organs to close down.

    Mr Litvinenko had previously met the three prime suspects - who are now all wealthy businessmen based in Moscow - at the Millennium Hotel in Piccadilly and a nearby sushi bar. . . . ."

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    Litvinenko, as he was dying, blamed Russian President Putin. after having learned about some of the other things Putin did as head of he KGB, i wouldnt put it past him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seven View Post
    Litvinenko, as he was dying, blamed Russian President Putin. after having learned about some of the other things Putin did as head of he KGB, i wouldnt put it past him.
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    I wouldn't either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seven View Post
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    Litvinenko, as he was dying, blamed Russian President Putin...
    I think that Putin is the one who ordered Litvinenko's death. Good luck in getting the convictions. I'm not so sure any co-conspirators would implicate Putin for fear of putting their own lives being in jeopardy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nanandjim View Post
    I think that Putin is the one who ordered Litvinenko's death. Good luck in getting the convictions. I'm not so sure any co-conspirators would implicate Putin for fear of putting their own lives being in jeopardy.
    you got that right!

    the article goes on to say .... "The Metropolitan Police refused to comment on the murder inquiry, but Litvinenko family sources told The Mail on Sunday police had enough evidence to bring charges 'within three weeks'. .... Britain has no extradition treaty with Russia, meaning that any trial would most probably have to be held in Moscow with the co-operation of the authorities there."

    uhhhh .... how likely is that to happen?

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    I predict that putin, hearing the international outcry against his allowing the russian intelligence service ( think its the FSB now) to go back to their KGB ways, might hang those 3 agents out to dry, as a cover for his other activities.
    he wont extradite them to britain, as they might roll over on him, no, he will try them in russia , or have them killed.

    did y'all know that his nickname when he was an operator was the grey cardinal? he was a real creep in your room and poison you spy.
    he might have killed that guy himself, he has all the training and resources.






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    Quote Originally Posted by lightwaveryder View Post
    I predict that putin, hearing the international outcry against his allowing the russian intelligence service ( think its the FSB now) to go back to their KGB ways, might hang those 3 agents out to dry, as a cover for his other activities.
    he wont extradite them to britain, as they might roll over on him, no, he will try them in russia , or have them killed.

    did y'all know that his nickname when he was an operator was the grey cardinal? he was a real creep in your room and poison you spy.
    he might have killed that guy himself, he has all the training and resources.
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    that blew my mind when i found out president bush's nickname for him was "pootie pute!"

    i dont remember everything he did when that submarine, the kirsk, sank and he refused to call in international help until it was too late ... but that's when i started getting a really bad feeling about him.

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    http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/a...se/445486.html

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    British coroner ordered new inquiries.

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    Daily Mail, London, has additional facts from the Coroner's Inquest into the poisoning death of Livenetko:

    Triple agent!
    - Poisoned Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko was working for British AND Spanish intelligence, says wife;
    - Former KGB agent was working for both MI6 and at their behest Spanish intelligence services at the time of his death;
    - Alexander Litvinenko was advising on how closely linked Russian Mafia were to the country's government;
    - Spy was poisoned after allegedly having tea with former KGB colleagues;
    - Family claim he may have been poisoned in bid to silence him or as warning
    Lugovoy - now Russian MP - was double crossing his government and working alongside Mr Litvinenko in handing over information to Spain.

    By RYAN KISIEL and SAM GREENHILL, DAILY MAIL
    PUBLISHED: 13 December 2012

    Poisoned former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko was effectively a triple agent working for MI6 and the Spanish secret service, it was claimed yesterday.
    He was on the payroll of MI6 and had a handler called ‘Martin’, a barrister for his widow Marina said.
    The Spanish secret service was also bankrolling his espionage activities and both stipends were paid into a joint bank account he held with his wife, it was said.
    A pre-inquest hearing yesterday was told that the Government has ‘established’ Moscow has a case to answer that Mr Litvinenko was assassinated in London.
    Mr Litvinenko was poisoned with radioactive polonium-210 while drinking tea at the Millennium Hotel in Mayfair.
    As he lay dying in hospital, ‘reluctant to tell police that he was an MI6 agent’, he handed detectives the mobile phone number of his MI6 handler ‘Martin’, the hearing conducted by High Court judge Sir Robert Owen was told.
    The death of 43-year-old Mr Litvinenko, a fugitive from the Putin regime, in November 2006 plunged Anglo-Russian diplomatic relations into deep crisis.
    Former KGB agents Andrei Lugovoy and Dmitry Kovtun, who met him at the Millennium Hotel, are prime suspects in the murder. Both deny involvement.
    The Crown Prosecution Service wants to charge Lugovoy, but Russia refuses to extradite him.
    Mr Litvinenko’s widow believes MI6 failed to protect her husband. Her QC, Ben Emmerson, told the hearing at Camden Town Hall in North London: ‘Mr Litvinenko had been for a number of years a regular and paid agent and employee of MI6 with a dedicated handler whose pseudonym was Martin.’
    He said that, at the behest of MI6, Mr Litvinenko was also working for the Spanish security services, where his handler was called ‘Uri’.
    Mr Emmerson said the inquest should consider whether MI6 failed in its duty to protect Mr Litvinenko against a ‘real and immediate risk to life’.
    He suggested there was ‘an enhanced duty resting on the British Government to ensure his safety when tasking him with dangerous operations involving engagement with foreign agents’.
    He said Mr Litvinenko was supplying the Spanish with information on organised crime and Russian mafia activity in Spain.
    Mr Emmerson said: ‘It is Marina Litvinenko’s belief that the evidence will show that her husband’s death was a murder and that Andrei Lugovoy was the main perpetrator.’ The QC claimed Mr Litvinenko and Lugovoy were working together and had planned to travel to Spain to deliver information about links between the Russian mafia, the Kremlin and the country’s President Vladimir Putin.
    ‘He had a separate telephone for contacting Martin and by the time of his death he also had a separate direct phone for contacting Lugovoy,’ he said.
    When Mr Litvinenko fell ill – but before he realised he was slowly dying from polonium – he phoned Lugovoy from his bed in University College Hospital to say that he could not make the trip.

    In a further twist, it was claimed by a lawyer acting for Russian dissident billionaire Boris Berezovsky that Lugovoy was actually double-crossing his spymasters at the Kremlin. Mr Litvinenko died three weeks after being poisoned by the radioactive isotope.
    An inquiry set up after his death said secret Government documents, which included material submitted by Scotland Yard and intelligence agencies, showed that the Russian state did have a case to answer.
    The extraordinary claims are expected to plunge relations between Britain and Russia to a new low.
    Hugh Davies, counsel to the inquest, said: ‘Our assessment is that the Government material does establish a prima facie case as to the culpability of the Russian state in the death of Alexander Litvinenko.’

    Mr Litvinenko, 43, was allegedly poisoned while drinking tea during a meeting with former KGB contacts at the Millennium Hotel in Grosvenor Square, pictured, in November 2006
    He added the evidence ruled out the involvement of Chechen terrorist groups, the Spanish mafia, Russian exile Mr Berezovsky and the British Government in his death.
    Mr Davies said assessments of material submitted by the Government had shown no evidence it had failed to protect him.
    Until now, the Russians have remained at arm’s length but yesterday the Kremlin indicated it would like to become an ‘interested party’ when the full inquest begins next year, giving its own QC the chance to make submissions and cross-examine witnesses.
    Mr Emmerson said the evidence amounted to a ‘state-sponsored assassination’ by Moscow. At yesterday’s hearing, he also cited evidence from a Wikileaks cable which quoted Mr Litvinenko saying Putin was implicated in the nation’s mafia and that Russia was a ‘mafia state’.
    Neil Garnham QC, representing the Home Office, told the hearing he could ‘neither confirm nor deny’ whether Mr Litvinenko was employed by British intelligence services.
    After the hearing, Mrs Litvinenko said she was ‘hopeful’ the full inquest would answer her questions, especially about Moscow’s alleged involvement. The full inquest, beginning on May 1, will be held before Sir Robert Owen who has been appointed assistant deputy coroner.

    THE FUGITIVE FROM PUTIN'S 'MAFIA STATE'
    Alexander Litvinenko fled to Britain after accusing senior officials in Moscow of ordering a number of assassinations.
    The former KGB officer was granted asylum with his wife and son in 2000 and allegedly started working with both MI5 and MI6, revealing secrets on the Putin regime.
    Mr Litvinenko, 43, is also believed to have worked with other European intelligence agencies and he wrote a series of books in which he accused the FSB – the successor to the KGB – of carrying out terror attacks and murders to help get Vladimir Putin into power.
    Keen for information on the Russian mafia, he met two former FSB men, Andrei Lugovoy and Dmitry Kovturn, at the Millennium Hotel in Mayfair, on November 1, 2006.
    Hours later, he collapsed at home and began vomiting. He was admitted to hospital three days later.
    Litvinenko, who lost his hair because of the radiation, released a statement blaming ‘barbaric’ Putin for involvement in his poisoning. He died on November 22.
    Police went to Moscow to interview Lugovoy and Kovturn, but Russia refused to extradite Lugovoy, triggering a diplomatic row in which both countries expelled diplomats.

    Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...says-wife.html


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    My 2 cents:


    Russia has no religion and I not refer to the Holy Spirit or Jesus or Allah. Everything goes and the more cruel, the better. Working undercover for one country's intelligence service is a risk, which is doubled or tripled for each foreign agency that gets involved. I very much regret the poisoning death of Mr. Litvenetko but to suggest the MI6 or Great Britain had a duty to keep him safe is a bit of a stretch. Short of poisoning his high tea, there is no appearance of an obvious threat presents when one goes to meet someone else or tea. I hope Mrs. Marina can break free from the ties of the intelligence community and find a more rewarding profession. I hear King Edward VII's Hospital is hiring receptionist staff.


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    Litvinenko 'probably murdered on personal orders of Putin'

    The former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko was probably murdered on the personal orders of Vladimir Putin, the UK public inquiry into his death has found.


    Litvinenko, who died from radioactive poisoning in a London hospital in November 2006, was killed by two Russian agents, Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun, the inquiry report said. There was a “strong probability” they were acting on behalf of the Russian FSB secret service, the report added.

    Sir Robert Owen, the inquiry chair, said that taken as a whole the open evidence that had been heard in court amounted to a “strong circumstantial case” that the Russian state was behind the assassination.


    But when he took into account all the evidence available to him, including a “considerable quantity” of secret intelligence that was not aired in open court, he found “that the FSB operation to kill Mr Litvinenko was probably approved by [Nikolai] Patrushev [head of the security service in 2006] and also by President Putin”.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...rders-of-putin
    Background: Alexander Litvinenko: the man who solved his own murder
    The Millennium hotel is an unusual spot for a murder. It overlooks Grosvenor Square, and is practically next door to the heavily guarded US embassy, where, it is rumoured, the CIA has its station on the fourth floor. A statue of Franklin D Roosevelt – wearing a large cape and holding a stick – dominates the north side of the square. In 2011 another statue would appear: that of the late US president Ronald Reagan. An inscription hails Reagan’s contribution to world history and his “determined intervention to end the cold war”. A friendly tribute from Mikhail Gorbachev reads: “With President Reagan, we travelled the world from confrontation to cooperation...”

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...his-own-murder
    Full public inquiry report (329 page PDF):
    https://www.litvinenkoinquiry.org/fi...eb-version.pdf




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