Thursday, December 14, 2006

The Name's Litvinenko. Alexander Litvinenko.

I don't know if this story has been getting much attention in the US and A, but it's the weirdest James Bond / Cold War style cloak & dagger story to come along in quite some time. A Russian ex-spy and harsh critic of Putin dies after being poisoned with a radioactive substance, and on his death bead accuses Putin of being the culprit. Traces of the substance are found all over central London in places he'd been visiting, on planes that flew to or from Moscow, and at possible transit points in Germany. Also, strange connections to the murder of a Russian journalist last month, and another man reportedly in critical condition in Russia after being poisoned with the same substance.

This is real Hollywood stuff, if you don't count the fact that it's a real person who was really murdered and is now really dead.


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