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MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian probe into the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has found no trace of radioactive poisoning, the chief of the government agency that conducted the study said Thursday.
Vladimir Uiba, the head of the Federal Medical and Biological Agency, said the agency had no plans to conduct further tests.
"It was a natural death; there was no impact of radiation," Uiba said, according to Russian news agencies.
Well this comes as a surprise.
It seems Russia disagrees?
I've wondered what the point would have ever been to killing him, risking a Martyr being made in the process and rushing a process which was well advanced for natural causes taking him anyway. The time to kill him would have been years earlier, IMO, when he was legitimately leading an active militant movement and running what were classed as ongoing terrorist campaigns. He'd become downright soft and moderate (by comparison) by his old age
...and it sounds like he may well have died as nature intended.
Russia seems quite the source to believe and take without question by many these days on a very wide variety of things
What are the Russians basing their report on? The French report comes from testing after exhuming the body but the article doesn't say anything about the Russians having access to the body. Not to mention the Swiss also found traces of polonium. So how could the French and Swiss find polonium but not the Russians.
(Reuters) - The head of a Russian forensics agency said on Tuesday that samples from the body of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat had revealed no traces of radioactive polonium, a Russian news agency reported.
However, the government scientific body later denied that it had made any official statement about the research, saying only that it had handed its results to the Russian Foreign Ministry.
A Palestinian medical team took samples from Arafat's corpse in the West Bank last year and gave them to Swiss, French and Russian forensic teams in an attempt to determine whether he was murdered with the hard-to-trace radioactive poison.