Alexander Litvinenko (1962-2006)
Posted by Mike on November 24, 2006
Alexander Litvinenko, the former KGB agent who was poisoned earlier this month, passed away yesterday. As I posted a few days ago, the poisoning was suspicious from the beginning due to the fact that Litvinenko was an opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin who was investigating the suspicious murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskya, also a vocal opponent of President Putin.
The circumstances surrounding the deaths of Litvinenko and Politkovskya are too suspicious to ignore. Couple the circumstances of the deaths with Litvinenko’s deathbed statement, and one can expect heightened scrutiny and criticism of Putin in the near future. In his statement, Litvinenko warned Putin that the incident would haunt him for the rest of his life:
You have shown yourself to be unworthy of your office, to be unworthy of the trust of civilized men and women. You may succeed in silencing one man but the howl of protest from around the world will reverberate, Mr. Putin, in your ears for the rest of your life. May God forgive you for what you have done, not only to me but to beloved Russia and its people.
At this point there is no evidence of Kremlin involvement. However, it is now clear that Putin at the very least has some gung ho supporters. Let’s pray that any Putin opponents who come close to uncovering something about this murder will be surrounded by as many bodyguards as possible. And maybe video cameras as well.
Link via Drudge