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Russian Opposition Leader Poisoned

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posted on Nov, 30 2006 @ 03:47 PM
Yegor Gaidar who briefly served as Prime Minister under President Boris Yeltsin and now leads an liberal opposition party fell ill last Friday while attending a conference in Ireland. Doctors have said they can't find any natural reason for his condition. And suspicions that the former PM had been poisoned are growing. There is even a connection to the recent death of Alexander Litvinenko. One of the men who reportedly meet with Litvinenko is a former bodyguard of Mr. Gaidar.
MOSCOW - Doctors treating former Russian Prime Minister Yegor Gaidar believe he was poisoned, an aide said Thursday.

Gaidar, 50, who served briefly as prime minister in the 1990s under President Boris Yeltsin and is one of the leaders of a liberal opposition party, began vomiting and fainted during a conference in Ireland on Nov. 24 — the day after former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko died in London. Gaidar, who was initially taken to an intensive care unit at an Irish hospital, is now recovering in a Moscow hospital.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Wow looks like Putin is really making up for lost time here. Its bad enough that the death of Mr. Letvinenko was so obviously an assassination but to then follow it up immediately with another attack on a very high profile critic is just beyond the pale. What chance does Russian democracy stand now? Its one thing to kill a former spy that singing but its entirely different to put a hit on a legitimate political figure. Isn't it?

posted on Nov, 30 2006 @ 07:40 PM
Its too many people in too short a time for Putin to be ordering this surely!!

Its either Putin " Fan Bois" or perhaps people than even oppose Putin to make him look bad ? Putin surely cant be dumb enough to order the Assassination of his opponents in such short prosession.

posted on Nov, 30 2006 @ 07:46 PM
Entirely plausible. It wouldn't be unheard of someone trying to frame another. From the facts around the cases these look like very sophisticated hits. The doctors first dealing with Mr. Litvinenko couldn't make heads or tails of what was wrong with him. And no one seems to have a handle on whats afflicting Mr. Gaidar yet so who noes.

posted on Nov, 30 2006 @ 07:50 PM
This certainly is weird.

But I think Putin doesn't really have to care what we think about what he's doing. The U.S. and Western Europe may bitch about this for a while, but what can we do? I doubt anyone will want to impose sanctions unilaterally (of course it'd be impossible to impose them in the UN since Russia is a permanent member of the Security Council). And military options would certainly be off the table due to Russia's nuclear capability.

It's sad to see Russia slipping back to tyranny when they had a chance for democracy and freedom.

posted on Nov, 30 2006 @ 08:43 PM
This is not the first time that things like this happen because of the Russian government, and like Dj said, why should the Russian government care?... they always do whatever they want anyways, and always get away with it.

The strangest thing is that you don't see people in Europe or other countries condemning and making protests against the Russian government over the things they do....

[edit on 30-11-2006 by Muaddib]

posted on Nov, 30 2006 @ 08:46 PM
Putin, apparently, is untouchable.

posted on Nov, 30 2006 @ 09:10 PM
Hum... so let me get this straight, Anna Politkovskaya, an investigative journalist and critic of the Kremlin gets assassinated (professionally I might add) in October 7th, 2006, that's Putins birthday BTW, apparently he wants multiple presents. Anyway, Alexander Litvinenko then investigates the case and allegedly discovers crucial evidence. He then get poisoned and dies (November 23th) by a very rare and highly lethal radioactive element shortly after meeting with Russian officials. Now another vocal critic of the Kremlin finds himself falling ill with no apparent cause, damn, those Russians work fast.

Anna Politkovskaya

[edit on 30-11-2006 by WestPoint23]

posted on Nov, 30 2006 @ 10:04 PM
Add to that that Putin's been restructuring the russian constitution to given him and his office more centralized control over overall government, such as being able to appoint governors, and that he's been selling arms to, basically anyone that is under the gun from the US, which isn't out of noble sentiment but the desire to build up an opposition network against the US, and you've got one bad doode.

[edit on 30-11-2006 by Nygdan]

posted on Dec, 1 2006 @ 05:59 AM
Even the best doctors agree that he was poisoned, but they do not know yet what poison it was. Irish police have launched an investigation.

RIA Novosti: Hunting down Yegor Gaidar

30/ 11/ 2006

A council of the best doctors convened by Anatoly Chubais has failed to agree on a diagnosis. What happened to one of Russia's most prominent politicians of the early 1990s is still a mystery. In this context, even those observers who usually do not fall for conspiracy theories will put Yegor Gaidar's poisoning in one line with the murders of Anna Politkovskaya and Alexander Litvinenko.

If we assess the three high-profile murders/attempts - Politkovskaya, Litvinenko, Gaidar - each of them, being well known in their own way, was not a typical target for criminals or politicians. The only thing these three cases share is that they have received mass coverage, generated thoughts of political terrorism and of the potential existence of a political underground, a union of secret avengers, and all of this has been a severe blow to Russia's image.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

political underground...

RIA Novosti: Ireland investigates Russian ex-prime minister poisoning

posted on Dec, 2 2006 @ 09:59 AM
Why are you so sure that Putin is behind all this chain murders that have been going on ? ? ? Is there any proof that links Putin to the murders ? By the way the story is not finished yet Litvinenko’s Wife, Italian Contact Contaminated by Radioactive Substance . I also read the newspapers today , the doctors said the Italian contact has virtualy nil chances of survival .

[edit on 2-12-2006 by Russian Boy]

posted on Dec, 2 2006 @ 10:23 AM
First, why should anyone care about mr. Litvinenko? He is a traitor and ex-FSB, who has been doing shady things about Russian goverment. How long would an ex CIA agent walk after doing that? Traitorous spies get murdered... that's just fair

As for Gaidar, i seriously doubt that it had something to do with Mr Litvinenkos death. Litvinenko was dealt effectively by professionals, so why is Gaidar alive then? Most likely a propaganda stunt from his behalf.

posted on Dec, 2 2006 @ 11:32 AM
Putin called to see how the ex-prime minister is doing. There are other people in Russia who probably have just as much power as the government, like the Russian mafia. But like others said, who cares? What is Europe going to do? Stop buying Russian petroleum?!

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