Friday, November 24, 2006

In Memoriam: Alexander Litvinenko


"(Alex) Litvinenko, a vociferous critic of the Russian government, suffered heart failure late Thursday after days in intensive care, London's University College Hospital said. Doctors said the cause of his illness remained a mystery.
Friend Andrei Nekrasov, who spoke to Litvinenko just before he lost consciousness, said the former KGB agent had accused Russian intelligence services of poisoning him. Friends said Litvinenko had been on a quest to uncover corruption in Russia's Federal Security Service, or FSB, and unmask the killers of another trenchant critic of the Putin's government, investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya.
"He was completely convinced it was the FSB. There was no doubt in his mind who it was," Nekrasov told The Associated Press.


Nekrasov said Litvinenko had told him: "The bastards got me, but they won't get everybody."

+ Poisoned Russian implicates Putin in statement dictated before death
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