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Death of a Dissident: The Poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko by Alex Goldfarb, Marina Litvinenko

By Alex Goldfarb, Marina Litvinenko

Publish yr note: First released in 2007
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The assassination of former Russian intelligence officer Alexander "Sasha" Litvinenko in November 2006 -- poisoned by means of the infrequent radioactive point polonium -- brought on a world sensation. inside of a number of brief weeks, the healthy forty-three-year-old lay gaunt, bald, and loss of life in a medical institution, the sufferer of a "tiny nuclear bomb." Suspicions swirled round Russia's FSB, the successor to the KGB, and the Putin regime. lines of polonium radiation have been present in Germany and on convinced airplanes, suggesting a shuttle direction from Russia for the companies of the deadly poison. yet what quite occurred? What did Litvinenko recognize? And why used to be he killed?

The complete tale of Sasha Litvinenko's existence and demise is person who the Kremlin doesn't wish informed. His closest good friend, Alex Goldfarb, and his widow, Marina, are the single those that can inform all of it, from firsthand wisdom, with dramatic scenes from Moscow to London to Washington. Death of a Dissident reads like a political mystery, but its tale is extra incredible and scary than any novel.

Ever in view that 1998, while Litvinenko denounced the FSB for ordering him to assassinate wealthy person Boris Berezovsky, he had dedicated his lifestyles to exposing the FSB's darkest secrets and techniques. After a dramatic break out to London with Goldfarb's counsel, he spent six years, frequently operating with Goldfarb, investigating a widening sequence of scandals. Oligarchs and newshounds were assassinated. Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yuschenko was once poisoned at the crusade path. The struggle in Chechnya turned unspeakably harsh on each side. Sasha Litvinenko investigated it all, and he denounced his former employers in no doubtful phrases for his or her soiled deeds.

Death of a Dissident opens a window into the darkish middle of the Putin Kremlin. With its strong-arm strategies, tight keep watch over over the media, and penetration of all degrees of presidency, the outdated KGB is again with a vengeance. Sasha Litvinenko devoted his existence to exposing this fact. It took his diabolical homicide for the realm to listen.

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