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Detectives are investigating letters smuggled out of Russia purporting to show the existence of a secret squad set up to target poisoned spy Alexander Litvinenko and others.
Scotland Yard has been passed copies of two letters apparently penned in jail by former Russian intelligence officer Mikhail Trepashkin, in one of which Mr Litvinenko is warned that both he and his family are at risk.
Mr Trepashkin tells his friend that he had met an FSB contact near a railway station in Russia who told him that a "very serious group" had been set up, which "will knock out all those associated with Berezovsky and Litvinenko".
Originally posted by maloy
The more I read about what this dissident spy did and said, the more I actually agree that this guy should have been taken care of. It's not because he criticized Putin, nor is it because he came up with outrageous accusations against Putin's administration. Primarily and above all this guy was a traitor, and he has betrayed and abused his position in the highest security department of FSB. He was entrusted with vital security information, and then he ran off to Britain with it. What did you expect FSB to do- look and nod in approval? If it was FSB that targeted him, I am surprised they didn't kill him earlier. I am sure intelligence agencies in US and Britain don't take very well to agents that betray them. If such dissent by high-ranking intelligence officials is allowed, then the intelligence business turns into a joke.
Originally posted by behindthescenes
At what point do you shake off your chronic denial and admit that all the evidence is pointing to a Russian state-sanctioned hit?
Originally posted by micklepickle
I don't think he was a traitor selling vital security secrets, he was part of the FSB 's criminal investigation department. To quote Wikipedia:
Originally posted by Fang
Malloy. I'm sorry but it is widely accepted that he had little to offer the West. If he had, he would not have gone through the run of the mill, very public, procedure of claiming asylum and being granted British citizenship. He would be living as a Slovak Academic in an Georgian country house in Wiltshire. Speaking as a Londoner, I am more than a little cheesed of that the lives of potentialy hundreds of my fellow citizens have been endangered by either Government Agents or sub-contracting criminals of the of the 'State' that was once Mother Russia.
Originally posted by maloy
Putin is obviously the favorite scapegoat, especially in UK.
Many people are quoting Russian ex-agents who allegedly have proof. Well what exactly makes you believe those agents. They were taught all their life to lie and deceive.
The name of the person in question is Igor Vlasov
a memorandum found to house of the former spy who contains an other name, that one of Igor Anatolyevitch Vlasov, a former soldier that would make part of a group of former former secret agents and commandos called “Dignity and Pride”, decided to defend half with every the good name of Russia, in native land and abroad. Will be Igor the sicario of the killing and Viktor sending? Also in order to follow this track men of Scotland Yard they will come to Rome, from where Vlasov would be passed.
PLOT THICKENS AS SPY POISON IS TRACED TO A NUKE PLANT IN PUTIN'S RUSSIA
By ANDY SOLTIS
FROM RUSSIA WITH HATE: Nuclear experts say the radioactive poisoning that killed Alexander Litvinenko and that has been found on his wife, Marina, and friend Mario Scaramella (above) came from a Russian nuke plant.
December 2, 2006 -- High-tech detective work by British scientists has traced the radioactive poison that killed ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko in London back to a nuclear power plant in Russia - further fueling the belief that Russian President Vladimir Putin was behind the murder, it was reported yesterday.
The "fingerprint" of the fatal isotope was revealed by officials of the Atomic Weapons Establishment from the various London sites and British Airways jets that have been contaminated with traces of polonium-210, London's Evening Standard newspaper said.
Polonium is traced back to a Russian Nuke plant.
The radioactive isotope was brought from the city of Krasnoyarsk in Russia, and produced – in Zheleznogorsk or Zelenograd. This was confidentially reported by the Observer, UK.
Cracking polonium mystery: premature conclusions
Siberian scientists have dismissed the idea that a radioactive isotope allegedly used to poison a Russian ex-FSB officer in the UK could have originated in the Krasnoyarsk Territory.
Russian experts deny polonium-210 in UK has Siberian origin
'I can blackmail them. We can make money
'He told me he was going to blackmail or sell sensitive information about all kinds of powerful people including oligarchs, corrupt officials and sources in the Kremlin,' she said. 'He mentioned a figure of £10,000 they would pay each time to stop him broadcasting these FSB documents. Litvinenko was short of money and was adamant that he could obtain any files he wanted.'
Litvinenko proved he had sources in the heart of the Russian security services by producing what he said was a 100-page confidential FSB report from 2005 and forwarding it to Svetlichnaja, a politics student at the University of Westminster.
Was ex-spy trying to sell dirty bomb?
Scotland Yard detectives are now trying to discover if he had any secret links with Islamic extremist terror groups.
Their biggest fear is that the former Soviet spy, who died of polonium-210 poisoning in a London hospital, may have been helping Al Qaeda terrorists or other extremist groups get hold of radioactive material to be used in a devastating “dirty” atom bomb.