Alexander Litvinenko 2006 poisoning final arguments UK inquiry, Putin KGB state, Polonium-210 rare radioactive isotope used, Outing of former Russian intelligence officer

Alexander Litvinenko 2006 poisoning final arguments UK inquiry, Putin KGB state, Polonium-210 rare radioactive isotope used, Outing of former Russian intelligence officer

 

“Why was Vladimir Putin not seen in public for 10 days”…Citizen Wells

“The U.K. inquiry into the 2006 poisoning of former Russian intelligence officer Alexander Litvinenko begins final arguments on Monday. Most of the evidence produced in the hearings was known years ago. But seeing it meticulously laid out again now, after Russia’s semi-covert war in Ukraine and the assassination of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, it’s impossible not to notice a chilling pattern.”…Bloomberg View March 15, 2015

“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”…George Orwell, “1984″

 

 

From Bloomberg View March 15, 2015.

“Guns, Poison and Putin’s KGB State”

“The U.K. inquiry into the 2006 poisoning of former Russian intelligence officer Alexander Litvinenko begins final arguments on Monday. Most of the evidence produced in the hearings was known years ago. But seeing it meticulously laid out again now, after Russia’s semi-covert war in Ukraine and the assassination of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, it’s impossible not to notice a chilling pattern.

Litvinenko was poisoned with polonium-210, a rare radioactive isotope. For years the U.K. sought the extradition of two Russian men — Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun — who met Litvinenko for tea on the day he was poisoned. And for years Russia has refused.

Indeed, last Sunday — a day before the inquiry was to examine Lugovoi’s single interview with British police in Moscow — President Vladimir Putin awarded him a medal “for services to the fatherland” in Russia’s parliament, where he is now a legislator. As an MP, Lugovoi — a former KGB agent, Kremlin bodyguard and protection service entrepreneur — enjoys immunity from prosecution.

The way that Russia has aided Lugovoi to deny, muddy and discredit the array of evidence that British authorities believe ties him to the murder echoes its more recent obfuscations — from its denial of any involvement in the war in Ukraine (despite the evident presence of its tanks, anti-aircraft systems and troops), to its multiple baseless theories to obscure evidence that a Russian anti-aircraft system shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine last year.”

“The reckless character of this exotic killing in a major foreign capital also feels familiar. Like Nemtsov’s shooting in the closely watched area outside the Kremlin, it shocked with its boldness. So did last year’s annexation of Crimea by Russia’s “little green men,” and Russia’s aggressive buzzing of NATO airspace since the Ukraine crisis began.

Equally striking is the predominance of former and current intelligence officers in the cast of characters involved in the Litvinenko inquiry — right up to Putin, whom Litvinenko accused from his death bed (and himself has been missing for days among rumors of a power struggle among security services). The picture that emerges is of a KGB state run by and for the intelligence services and their allies.”

Read more:

http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-03-15/litvinenko-hearings-put-putin-s-kgb-state-on-display

 

 

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12 responses to “Alexander Litvinenko 2006 poisoning final arguments UK inquiry, Putin KGB state, Polonium-210 rare radioactive isotope used, Outing of former Russian intelligence officer

  1. citizenwells

    “The U.K. inquiry into the 2006 poisoning of former Russian intelligence officer Alexander Litvinenko begins final arguments on Monday. Most of the evidence produced in the hearings was known years ago. But seeing it meticulously laid out again now, after Russia’s semi-covert war in Ukraine and the assassination of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, it’s impossible not to notice a chilling pattern.”…Bloomberg View March 15, 2015

  2. citizenwells

    “The assassination of Alexander Litvinenko: 20 things about his death we have learned this week”

    “The former spy, living in exile in Britain, supposedly under the protection of the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, suffered a lingering death at the age of 44 after being poisoned with the radioactive isotope polonium-210.

    It was administered, police believe, in a cup of tea spiked by Andrey Lugovoy and Dmitry Kovtun, FSB operatives now sheltered by the Russian government. This act of “unspeakable barbarism” – it took the victim 23 painful days to die – resulted in what was described as this country’s “most dangerous ever” post mortem examination as pathologists worked on the victim’s irradiated body.”

    “Mr Litvinenko’s “crime” was the most serious possible in Russia. He dared to expose the criminality behind the regime of President Vladimir Putin, himself a former intelligence officer. On the first day of the inquiry, Mr Putin was labelled a “common criminal” who consorts with the Russian mafia. So angry was he with this description that he sent long-range bombers into the English Channel to test British air defences – surely a first in the history of legal challenges.”

    “1 The relationship between the Kremlin and Russian organised crime syndicates around the world is so close as to make the two effectively indistinguishable, said Ben Emmerson QC, counsel for Mrs Litvinenko. The startling truth will be revealed in evidence showing how the Russian mafia is controlled directly from the office of Mr Putin.”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/11381789/The-assassination-of-Alexander-Litvinenko-20-things-about-his-death-we-have-learned-this-week.html

  3. citizenwells

    MAR 2, 2015

    “One by one, Putin’s critics have been eliminated. In 2006, the journalist Anna Politkovskaya was gunned down in an elevator, and Alexander Litvinenko, a former KGB agent who had been critical of Putin, died of polonium poison while in exile in London. In 2009, Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer campaigning against corruption, died in prison after being denied medical care for life-threatening conditions. The same year, another lawyer, Stanislav Markelov, a champion of human rights, was shot following a news conference.
    The murder last week of Boris Nemtsov, a leading opposition politician and a former deputy prime minister under Boris Yeltsin, should come as no surprise. But it should come as a shock – and as a wake-up call for those Russians who until now have tolerated a culture of lawlessness and impunity, unseen since the darkest days of Stalin’s personal rule in the Soviet Union.
    Before his death, Nemtsov was said to be working on a report titled “Putin and the War,” providing proof of Russia’s involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. He was scheduled to lead a protest against the war two days after his murder. Some have wondered if Putin was afraid of what Nemtsov had uncovered, and thus ordered the assassination.”

    “In the first decade of this century, it was easy to love Putin. He made Russians rich, cosmopolitan, and respected. Today, as low oil prices and Western sanctions bite, he is making them poor and nearly universally despised. On March 1, the day Nemtsov was to lead his protest, tens of thousands of Russians took to the streets with slogans like “Nemtsov is love, Putin is war.”
    Could it be that Russia’s culture of impunity has reached an inflection point? Putin’s regime relies on the promise of economic prosperity, without which it could begin to unravel – if not as a result of mass protest, then because insiders no longer have a stake in its political survival. At that point, when Putin is at his most vulnerable, his allies will have to act carefully – and keep looking over their shoulders.”

    http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/nemtsov-murder-ussr-similarities-by-nina-l–khrushcheva-2015-03#5T7dD13hTisMXsy1.99

  4. citizenwells

    If Putin did not have to lay low for 10 days he made a big mistake.
    This incident has focused attention on the real Putin, real Russia.

  5. What prompted the phone call?
    *********************

    Isn’t it refreshing to know we have such a competent Commander-in-Chief?

    Doug Ross reported this and more:

    I spent some time with the highest tenured faculty member at Chicago Law a few months back, and he did not have many nice things to say about “Barry.” Obama applied for a position as an adjunct and wasn’t even considered.

    A few weeks later the law school got a phone call from the Board of Trustees telling them to find him an office, put him on the payroll, and give him a class to teach. The Board told him he didn’t have to be a member of the faculty, but they needed to give him a temporary position. He was never a professor and was hardly an adjunct.

    The other professors hated him because he was lazy, unqualified, never attended any of the faculty meetings, and it was clear that the position was nothing more than a political stepping stool. According to my professor friend, he had the lowest intellectual capacity in the building. He also doubted whether he was legitimately an editor on the Harvard Law Review, because if he was, he would be the first and only editor of an Ivy League law review to never be published while in school (publication is or was a requirement).

    Read more at http://www.youngcons.com/chicago-law-prof-on-obama-professors-hated-him-because-he-was-lazy-unqualified-never-attended-any-of-the-faculty-meetings/#TJuktkDgIfzhctUD.99

  6. Seattle’s $15 Min. Wage Is Making Something Happen That City Leaders Never Expected
    Read more at http://www.westernjournalism.com/15-minimum-wage-looms-seattle-restaurants-close-doors/#UmEOxQh18ItP2MHI.99

  7. “No family making less than $250,000 will see “any form of tax increase.”

    “I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.”

    usurper, Soetoro
    *******************************

    Herman Cain

    Inflation-adjusted federal tax revenues hit a record $1,185,613,000,000 in the first five months of fiscal 2015, but the beast is still hungry.

    Government enjoying record tax revenues but it’s not enough – brace yourself for the ‘internet tax’

    http://www.caintv.com/government-enjoys-record-tax-r

  8. The “Wordsmiths” have succeeded in changing the definition of “natural born Citizen”, at least in their minds.
    *******************

    A Bipartisan Study Gives the Green Light to Ted Cruz’s Ability to Run For President

    http://www.ijreview.com/2015/03/270838-bipartisan-study-gives-green-light-ted-cruzs-ability-run-president/

  9. The Tea Party

    With Congress neutered, he pushes forward his agenda. . .
    Obama Federalizes Police Forces in Six US Cities

    In his most recent attempt to centralize the federal government’s grip on America, Obama has launched his “21st Century Policing” pilot program, COPS, in six cities across the country. “Obamalaw,”…
    tpnn.com|By Colleen Conley

    http://www.tpnn.com/2015/03/15/obama-federalizes-police-forces-in-six-us-cities/

  10. citizenwells

    “A Response to Neil Katyal and Paul Clement on the Meaning of a Natural Born Citizen

    By Mario Apuzzo, Esq.
    March 13, 2015

    I read the March 11, 2015 article entitled, “On the Meaning of a ‘Natural Born Citizen,” written by Neal Katyal and Paul Clement, found at 128 Harv.L.Rev.F 161, and accessed at http://harvardlawreview.org/2015/03/on-the-meaning-of-natural-born-citizen/ . The first sentence of the article says: “We have both had the privilege of heading the Office of the Solicitor General.” The article repeats the existing talking points offered in support of the constitutional eligibility of Senator Ted Cruz (all born citizens are natural born citizens) and offers nothing new. Mr. Cruz was born in Canada to a U.S. citizen mother and a non-U.S. citizen (Cuban) father. I have written a recent article in which I conclude that Mr. Cruz is not a natural born citizen and therefore not eligible to be President because he does not satisfy the one and only common law definition of a natural born citizen confirmed by the unanimous U.S. Supreme Court in Minor v. Happersett, 88 U.S. 162 (1875), which is a child born in a country to parents who were its citizens at the time of the child’s birth. The article is entitled, “What Do President Obama and Senator Cruz Have In Common? They Are Both Not Natural Born Citizens,” accessed at http://puzo1.blogspot.com/2015/02/what-do-president-obama-and-senator.html . Katyal and Clement maintain that any child who becomes a citizen at birth, regardless of where born or by what means, is a natural born citizen. They add that since Mr. Cruz became a citizen from the moment of birth and did not need any naturalization after birth he is a natural born citizen. But there is no historical and legal evidence which demonstrates that this is how the Framers defined a natural born citizen and the authors surely have not presented that evidence even if it did exist.”

    “In short, Katyal and Clement’s article lacks any critical research and reasoning and is nothing more than an attempt to convince the reader that Senator Cruz is a natural born citizen because they said so and the reader has to believe that because they were former heads of the Office of Solicitor General of the United States.

    Mario Apuzzo, Esq.”

    http://puzo1.blogspot.com/2015/03/a-response-to-neil-katyal-and-paul.html

  11. More BS
    ***********

    U.S. Senator Says Obama Gave Several News Orgs Certified Copies Of Original Birth Certificate

    Read more at http://www.birtherreport.com/2015/03/us-senator-says-obama-gave-several-news.html#dqAErireC0RlzFK5.99

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