Alexander Litvinenko Dead

Former Russian spy, defector, and activist-writer Alexander Litvinenko has died in a London hospital of suspected poisoning with radioactive thallium. [Subsequently, found to have been polonium]

Litvinenko’s friend Alexander Goldfarb read a statement prepared by the former spy on his deathbed just two days before he passed away. In that statement, Litvinenko lays the blame for his poisoning firmly at the feet of Russian President Vladimir Putin and says: “You may succeed in silencing me, but that silence comes at a price,” according to news reports, “You have shown yourself to be as barbaric and ruthless as your most hostile critics claim.

The Russian government has declared the claims as preposterous and suggests that infighting among Russians living in London is more likely to have led to Litvinenko’s death.

Preliminary post-mortem results suggest that a radioactive material – possibly a large dose of radioactive polonium-210 – may have been associated with his death. In our earlier report, it was suggested that thallium, then radioactive thallium, may have been implicated. Whether or not Litvinenko ingested this material was exposed to it in the environment is not yet known raising serious public safety concerns.

A UK press conference held this afternoon provided more information.

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5 thoughts on “Alexander Litvinenko Dead

  1. Scotland Yard has completed its investigation into the death of Alexander Litvinenko. The results remain off-limits to journalists and have been presented to the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service, which will now decide whether charges should be pressed against any particular suspect.

  2. The Times reports that police have identified the man they believe poisoned Alexander Litvinenko.

  3. This polonium stuff gets around, today, the BBC is reporting that polonium-210 has been found at the Pescatori Restaurant in Mayfair, London.

  4. According to The Times, Litvinenko’s killers spent $10m on polonium to kill him with a massive overdose. They could, it seems, have saved themselves a small fortune as the post mortem revealed he had ten times the lethal dose of this radioactive element in his body.

  5. It’s now almost 100% certain that a large dose of the radioactive element polonium-210 was the cause of Litvinenko’s death. Members of the public who may come into contact with the former spy are now being tested – http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6182804.stm

    The British secret services suggests that only a national organisation could have obtained and implemented a murder with this material.

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