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yes it is still just a theory.
Originally posted by danwild6
Alexander Litvinenko a former Russian security service agent that defected to the UK was poisoned with the toxic heavy metal thallium. Alexander Litvinenko is a staunch critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Litvinenko was purportedly investigating government connections to the assassination of government watch dog journalist Anna Politkovskaya. Mr. Litninenko was having lunch with an Italian informant named Mario Scaramelia at a sushi restaurant celebrating the sixth anniversary of his arrival in Britain when he was poisoned. Scaramelia is believed to have connections with Russian intelligence.
A Russian security service defector is in a critical condition at a London hospital after being poisoned in a plot worthy of a Cold War novel by John le Carré.
Alexander Litvinenko, a former lieutenant-colonel with Russia's FSB security service and a staunch critic of Vladimir Putin's regime, fled to Britain in 2000, saying he feared for his life. Yesterday, the Metropolitan Police said he was in a "serious but stable" condition after tests confirmed traces of rat poison called thallium in his body .
The 44-year-old defector, who was sentenced in absentia for treason in Russia, was taken to hospital when he began vomiting violently. His hair has also fallen out and it is understood his kidneys have been damaged by the effects of the dose of thallium. The heavy metal, which is hard to obtain in the UK, damages the nervous system and lungs. Colourless and odourless, it is used in rat poisons in the Middle East.
Mr Litvinenko has told associates he became ill after lunching in a sushi restaurant in London on 1 November, the sixth anniversary of his arrival in Britain. He gained full British citizenship last month.
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Well Russia back to USSR. I understand when a Russian tells me that Russians aren't well suited for American style democracy but we're not talking democracy any more this is just plain good old KGB style tactics. Does anyone here believe democracy stands a chance in Russia anymore?
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[edit on 24-11-2006 by UM_Gazz]
Originally posted by makeitso
The person the FBI were talking with about the case has since had an interview with the BBC. He indicates that Litvinenko was hired by by a British company to research information on particular people in a particluar Russian company, so that the British company could decide to invest in the Russian company or not. The information Litvinenko provided caused them to not invest, and Mr. Shvets speculates that is what brought on the "assasination".
very recently Gazprom started making moves to take controling interest of the world's biggest liquefied natural gas project, Sakhalin-2, which Royal Dutch Shell 55% control of.
Interesting... Gazprom, Sakhalin-2
Dec 22, 2006 - 08:53 AM
Russia's state controlled gas monopoly Gazprom has purchased 50 percent plus one share in Sakhalin Energy , the project operator of Sakhalin-2 oil and gas venture in the Far East, for $7.45 billion, in a deal that consolidates Putins control over Russia's energy resources.
After the agreement, Putin said environmental concerns about the project had been essentially resolved.
Those (former KGB) not in politics have also found numerous ways to make a living - most notably by opening the private security companies that mushroomed in privatization-era Russia or by entering the service of the oligarchs, who [u/employed hundreds of former KGB officers to provide both security and intelligence.
Not surprisingly, the largest of these private security groups is the one at the disposal of Russia's aggressive Gazprom monopoly.
On 10 April 2005, a masked gunman shot dead retired FSB Colonel General Anatoly Trofimov, the former chief of the FSB's Moscow branch. During his career in the KGB/FSB, he specialized in combating corruption. Litvinenko described Trofimov as a behind-the-scenes critic of the Kremlin's policies in Chechnya who had opposed the 1998 appointment of Putin as FSB director.
On 24 September 2004, 42-year-old Roman Tsepov, the director of an elite private security company based in St Petersburg, died of severe radiation sickness brought on by a mysterious substance he had ingested. Tsepov was also given license to act on behalf of the Kremlin in some of its most delicate deals, including talks with beleaguered oil giant Yukos. ~ many trails lead back to Tsepov's myriad business connections - which included influence in everything from casinos to ports to pharmaceutical companies.
Igor Klimov, a colonel with the SVR, was shot dead on 6 June 2003. ~ several arrests were made in the case that suggested his death may have been tied to a property battle between criminal organizations.
Police have arrested an Italian man who met Russian former spy Alexander Litvinenko the day he fell ill from poisoning, Italian news agencies said. The two men met at a London sushi bar on 1 November. Mr Litvinenko died on 23 November from radiation poisoning. Mario Scaramella is being investigated in Italy for arms trafficking and violating state secrets. Scotland Yard said the arrest in Naples was not part of their investigation into Mr Litvinenko's death.