Russia's false flag apartment bombings blamed on Chechens
note: "999" is the emergency number in England (the telephone equivalent of dialing 911 in the United States)
Former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko died on November 23, 2006 in a British hospital after being poisoned, probably by the Russian "intelligence" services. He was co-author of a book on the "9/99" false-flag terrorism in Russia that was used to justify a new war on Chechnya and the rise of Vladimir Putin to become President of Russia. An excellent bilingual (Russian and English) website detailing the 9/99 crimes is at http://eng.terror99.ru
November 24, 2000
THE FIFTH BOMB:
DID PUTIN’S SECRET POLICE BOMB MOSCOW IN A DEADLY BLACK OPERATION?
John Sweeney on the evidence that the old KGB deliberately planted bombs in Moscow and blamed them on Chechen terrorists.
KGB secret agent turned political dissident who lifted the lid on the Russian security services
Published: 25 November 2006
Alexander Valterovich Litvinenko, intelligence agent: born Voronezh, Soviet Union 30 August 1962; married (one son); died London 23 November 2006.
... In 2002, Litvinenko co-authored Blowing up Russia: terror from within, in which he accused the Russian security services of responsibility in a series of deadly attacks on apartment buildings in Moscow. The attacks in September 1999, which killed 300 people, led to Putin declaring the second war on the rebellious Russian republic of Chechnya.
The attacks were officially blamed on Chechen militants, and Litvinenko was certainly not alone in questioning the official version. The Independent reported the accusations against the FSB in January 2000. A friend of Litvinenko, Andrei Nekrasov, made a film, Disbelief (2004), detailing the allegations, which Putin has described as "delirious nonsense". But the most prominent person to accuse the Russian security services of responsibility for the apartment block attacks was Berezovsky, who financed Litvinenko's book.
November 24, 2006
'The bastards got me, they won't get us all'
Richard Beeston, Diplomatic Editor
Yet in his final remarks, the former spy remained defiant in his battle against President Putin and the Russian security services.
He also managed a joke at his own expense, suggesting that his poisoning was proof that his campaign against the Kremlin had targeted the right people. “This is what it takes to prove one has been telling the truth,” he said.
He was referring to allegations he made in a book, The FSB Blows up Russia, which accuses the Russian security services of causing a series of apartment block explosions in Moscow in 1999 that helped to propel Mr Putin into the presidency.
Friday, November 24, 2006
DEATH BY RADIONUCLIDE: Polonium-210, 4,500 Curies/gram
The grim and agonizing death of Alexander Litvinenko in a London hospital was guaranteed from the moment his unknown assailant put it in his food or drink. Discovered by Marie Curie, polonium-210 is an astonishingly active alpha particle emitter.
The figures from this Argonne National Lab fact sheet on the element are all one needs to know. Its specific activity, a measure of its radioactivity by weight, is very high: 4,500 Curies per gram. "The energy released by its decay is so large . . . that a capsule containing about half a gram reaches a temperature above 500 degrees C.," reads the report.
One milligram, a thousandth of a gram, would deliver 4.5 Curies of the material.
Litvinenko was cooked from the inside.
And since polonium-210 is an alpha emitter, it was trapped inside him, not reaching those standing in the same room, making a very small amount of it fairly easy to clandestinely transport and deliver.
"Between 50 and 90 percent of the polonium taken in by ingestion will promptly leave the body in feces," continues the report. "The fraction remaining in the body enters the bloodstream . . . It is estimated that 45 percent of ingested polonium will be deposited in the spleen, kidneys and liver, with ten percent deposited in bone marrow . . ."
All of these factors must have contributed to the difficulty in identifying the poison, an identification which would have only revealed that Litvinenko stood no chance of survival.
An utterly nefarious application, one that will have you looking at your food and drink with a bit of fear and trembling when in the presence of suspected enemies for some time to come!
From the point of view of the Russian black bag ops division that allegedly commissioned the application, it must send a grisly and fearsome statement to whistle-blowers and dissidents.
This death comes a month after Anna Politkovskaya, Russia's most courageous journalist, was murdered in her Moscow apartment building. She was killed on Putin's birthday.
Oct 12th 2006
From The Economist print edition
Anna Politkovskaya, a Russian journalist, was shot dead on October 7th, aged 48
SHE was brave beyond belief, reporting a gruesome war and a creeping dictatorship with a sharp pen and steel nerves. It may be a chilling coincidence that Anna Politkovskaya was murdered on Vladimir Putin's birthday, but her friends and supporters are in little doubt that her dogged, gloomy reporting of the sinister turn Russia has taken under what she called his “bloody” leadership was what led to her body being dumped in the lift of her Moscow apartment block.
Another dissident who was killed on the birthday of a dictator was the Bulgarian dissident Georgi Markov, who was attacked on September 7, 1978, the birthday of then Bulgarian dictator Todor Zhivkov. Markov, like Litvinenko, lived in exile in London, and was poisoned by a tiny dart fired from a gun concealed in an umbrella (he was waiting for a bus when he was hit). It took Markov a couple of days to die from the ricin contained in the dart. This incident is extremely famous in the annals of the Cold War. It is widely assumed that the Bulgarian regime got help from the KGB to kill Markov.
The Russian government is claiming innocence for the polonium poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko.
The Times November 29, 2006
Moscow points the finger of blame at billionaire exile Boris Berezovsky
Tony Halpin in Moscow, Richard Beeston and Daniel McGrory
Whatever the truth (or not) of these counter claims, these facts are indisputable:
- the Russian assault on Chechnya has resulted in severe human rights atrocities
- it's a good idea not to take sides in a struggle between a semi-dictator who used to run the successor to the KGB and billionaires who looted Russia after the fall of the USSR - taking sides is one of the root causes of wars
Putin Vs. Berezhovsky vs. Litvinenko: an enigma wrapped within a riddle inside a conundrum, with a peanut butter center and a chocolate cookie outside. When Godzilla fights Mothra, do you choose sides? Does it matter who's at fault in the latest skirmish? Or do we wish a plague on both their houses?
|9/99 - the Russian 9/11|
The Terror of 9/99: Fact Sheet
September 1999 was the month of terror in Russia. Several bombs went off within days of each other, killing nearly 300 and injuring more than 550.
The War and Putin's Presidency
The government blamed the explosions on Chechen separatists, swaying the public opinion in favor of the new war. On September 23, 1999, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin ordered air strikes against Chechnya. The nationalist hysteria set off by the bombings helped Mr. Putin win Presidential elections in 2000.
But the quick, victorious war that the new President promised to the Russian people turned out to be a bloody quagmire. Thousands of Russian soldiers, and tens of thousand of Chechen civilians have been killed, and many more lost their homes, making Chechnya a humanitarian catastrophe. Atrocities penetrated by the Russian army - unsurpassed in Europe since World War II - prompted accusations of genocide.
As for the bombings of September '99, in the words of the Wall Street Journal, "questions about those attacks, like Russia's conduct in Chechnya, continue to follow Mr. Putin like a shadow", and indeed put the very legitimacy of the government in question. According to opinion polls, about half of the Russians believe that the FSB may have been complicit in the bombings.
[note: the "FSB" is the successor to the KGB, the Soviet era secret police - and Putin was formerly in the KGB]
Most experts agree that the acceptance or rejection by the Russians of the "FSB" theory of the bombings will depend on the economic situation and the historical perspective rather than on hard evidence.
Western opinion has been cautious about the controversy of the 9/99 explosions. While the evidence for the FSB complicity is inconclusive, the stakes are high. After September 11, the "Chechen" theory has been cited by the Putin administration to justify to the hesitant public Russia's participation in the US-led campaign against international terrorism.