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The only two known incidents that could be classed as radiological terrorism have occurred in Russia. In 1995 Chechen rebels buried a caesium-137 source in Izmailovsky Park in Moscow, and in 1998 a container of radioactive materials attached to a mine was found by a railway line near Argun in Chechnya.
One brighter spot is that there has been a fall in smuggling incidents involving plutonium and uranium, which could be used to make nuclear bombs. In 1992, 44 such incidents were recorded. By last year the figure had fallen to three, possibly because the nuclear industry has become more vigilant.
The increase in the number of confirmed incidents of theft and smuggling of radioactive material might be due, at least in part, to better monitoring. Nevertheless, powerful voices continue to warn of the threat of a dirty bomb attack.
In 2003, Eliza Manningham-Buller, director-general of the UK's counter-intelligence agency MI5, said a crude attack against a major western city was "only a matter of time".
New Scientist Story
Originally posted by prelude
1 Mr Litvinenko was in Political Assylum in Britain ...he was in a wanted list in Russia for doing illegal things back home ....when he was murdered Russia and Britain was in the verge of signing a treaty that will enable the both to exchange Criminals .....so it woild have been a foolish thing for Kremlin to malign its reputation knowing well the the first victim of suspect after the murder will be the Kremlin itself
2 Mr Litvinenko was a failure in his anti Kremlin propaganda ...Just answer me honestly how many of you knew of him before the murder took place ?....so Mr Lit ranked very low in Kremlins enemy list(if any ) ...Prehaps people who employed Mr Lit Thought that he can do little good to malign Kremlin's reputation alive ....so let him die ...and infact Mr Lit did accomplish his goal after getting killed ....Kremlin was badly Criticised ....
3 Mr LIT WAS NOT An INTERNATIONAL SPY as the western media propagated ...he worked in the domestic department of KGB and his work was rather a clark's work.
Litvinenko became an agent of the KGB in 1986. In 1988, he was officially transferred to the Third Chief Directorate of the KGB (Military Counter Intelligence). In 1988, after studying for a year at the Novosibirsk Military Counter Intelligence School, he became an operational officer and served in KGB military counterintelligence until 1991.
In 1991, he was promoted to the Central Staff of the MB-FSK-FSB of Russia, specialising in counter-terrorist activities and infiltration of organized crime. He was awarded the title of "MUR veteran" for operations conducted with the Moscow criminal investigation department (MUR). Litvinenko also saw active military service in many of the so-called "hot spots" of the former USSR and Russia. In 1997, he was again promoted, this time to the Department for the Analysis of Criminal Organizations of the FSB, with the title of senior operational officer and deputy head of the Seventh Section. He was in charge of the protection of Boris Berezovsky, when Berezovsky held a government position.  Contrary to many news reports, Litvinenko was never a 'spy' and did not deal with secrets beyond information on operations against organized criminal groups, his wife said
4 JUST ANSWER ME THIS QUESTION : WHY POLONIUM?
Polonium is a very bad poison to kill some one because
1 The killer himself is at risk of Radiation poisiong
2 Polonium leaves traces of radiation everywhere it is taken to (as it happened in this case)only a foolish will like to leave the evidances of his crimes
3 there are many cardio toxins available to the secret services that can kill a person in a matter of 1 or 2 days (so that the Criminal may escape) that dont leave any traces as Polonium does
Originally posted by behindthescenes
This is true, and on the surface it seems to indicate that Lit was headed back to Russia with London's blessings. But that wasn't the case here. Lit was not considered a "criminal" by Britian or the West. As you said, he was in political asylum -- but only until October of this year, when he became a naturalized British citizen. London was in no way going to send him back as a "criminal."
Interesting theory. But I'm not buying that Litvinenko staged his own death to further "criticism" of Putin's administration. That's a little extreme.
Yes, and more importantly no. He was not a "spy" in the traditional sense. But he wasn't filing papers, by any means.
-- let this man live; a point needed to be made, a message sent to all future Putin antagonists.
And that message was loud, clear and messy.
True. But more silent, untracable killers would then leave many questions as to who was behind his killing. Polonium, and the messy trail back to Russia, leaves no doubt as to who ordered his death. And that's the point. Putin wanted to stand on the stage for this murder -- he wanted to be implicated in Litvinenko's death without having to publically admit it.
Originally posted by Hellmutt
There's one thing I really don't understand. How could a man like Litvinenko accept a cup of tea given to him by "a stranger"...
Originally posted by endgame2
Needless to say nothing is going to happen IF this assassin is found. He'll be found guilty in Russia and then assassinated by Putin and the Russian Govt. I wouldn't be surprised if there were other govt's involved.
Tuesday, 6 March 2007
Russia's Ekho Moskvy radio said doctors had confirmed that the women, a mother and daughter aged 42 and 26, had been poisoned with highly toxic thallium.
Their condition is described as "fairly serious". They were staying at a Moscow hotel and fell ill on 24 February, but the circumstances are not yet clear.