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Ex-Russian spy dies in hospital

 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6178890.stm

 

Former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko has died in hospital three weeks after apparently being poisoned in London.

 

University College Hospital, London, said Mr Litvinenko had died at 2121 GMT on Thursday and the cause of his condition was still being investigated.

 

Friends have said the 43-year-old was poisoned because of his criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin - Russia has denied any involvement.

 

Scotland Yard said they were now investigating "an unexplained death".

 

Defector

 

Mr Litvinenko, who defected to the UK in 2000 and was later granted asylum and citizenship, fell ill on November 1 after a series of meetings in central London.

 

He was admitted to University College Hospital on 17 November. His condition deteriorated after he suffered a heart attack overnight on Wednesday.

 

A hospital spokesman said: "Every avenue was explored to establish the cause of [Mr Litvinenko's] condition and the matter is now an ongoing investigation being dealt with by detectives from New Scotland Yard.

 

"Because of this we will not be commenting any further on this matter. Our thoughts are with Mr Litvinenko's family."

 

Mr Litvinenko had been investigating the murder of Russian investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

 

In an interview with Friday's Times newspaper, film-maker Andrei Nekrasov said he had spoken to Mr Litvinenko, a close friend, hours before he fell unconscious for the last time.

 

He said Mr Litvinenko told him: "I want to survive, just to show them. The bastards got me but they won't get everybody."

 

Thallium theory

 

Initial reports from the hospital said Mr Litvinenko had been poisoned with the heavy metal thallium, but later it was suggested that some form of radioactive material may have been used.

 

Head of critical care at the hospital, Dr Geoff Bellingan, has subsequently dismissed both of these explanations.

 

Reports of three objects found on X-rays of the patient were "misleading" and were almost certainly shadows caused by Prussian Blue, used to treat thallium or caesium poisoning, he said.

 

Chemistry expert Dr Andrea Sella said the problem facing doctors trying to trace the cause of the illness was that they would not know what they were looking for.

 

Dr Sella, of University College London, said: "They have a problem. They have to find some unspecified poison and they don't know what it is.

 

"They don't know whether it is a single substance or a mixture."

 

Before Mr Litvinenko's death, police said they suspected "deliberate poisoning".

 

Investigators are examining two meetings he had on 1 November - one at a London hotel with a former KGB agent and another man, and a later rendezvous with Italian security consultant Mario Scaramella at a sushi restaurant in London's West End.

 

Mr Litvinenko fled to the UK in 2000, claiming persecution in Russia, and was granted asylum. He is understood to have taken British citizenship this year.

 

Both the Kremlin and Russia's foreign intelligence service, the SVR, have denied any part in poisoning Mr Litvinenko, who is a former security agent with Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB).

 

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Morale of the story, dont be a spy, and certainly dont defect or you will die.

 

 

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Guest Magnetic North

“...the cause of his condition was still being investigated.”

 

“Dr Sella, of University College London, said: "They have a problem. They have to find some unspecified poison and they don't know what it is.”

 

On R5 Live this morning a Sunday Times journalist seemed to put his finger on it this morning IMO. He explained that because doctors have been trying unsuccessfully for 3 weeks to pinpoint the nature of the poison, this suggests that it's an untraceable variety which was developed by a very sophisticated state-backed agency.

 

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no - where it is NOW!!!

 

 

I understand that Mr A is a very soft touch  for ex Army/Airforce & Navy officers who need a small flat in the sun , or  a place at GOOD English school for their kids

 

A True Patriot who likes to help those who served their country......................................

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You're missing the point Rob...Russian assets ie raw materials (oil, gas etc) and their market value and their tradeability...ie money flowing back into Russia has been usurped by Private Banks created by Mr A and cohorts to take said assets out of Russian control...to an extent. The jury is still out on whether this will work in the long term and who's side he is on. He is a nice bloke mind. :)

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I doubt this guy was topped by the russian government er se, more like he had information on the wrong person in the govt, who has access to this unknown poison

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Had poor Mr Litvinenko visited Teesside before he fell ill?

 

BBCi: “Tests have been carried out at two hospitals, a sushi bar, a hotel,...” [and Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium.”  bluebigeek.gif]

 

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you're ok as long as hasn't shat on you apparently

 

 

ITV news telling us all about what was wrong with him .... now  :roll:

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Guest Magnetic North

A major dose of radioactive Pollonium-210? Putin? Why no, merely a freak tummy bug turned fatal. No worries.

 

*...now watch as his outspoken friend & neighbour falls off his perch*  :winking:

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