Polonium-210 which killed Alexander Litvinenko, has been found in urine samples of his wife, Marina, and in an Italian security consultant, Mario Scaramella. Thousands of people have been calling hotlines who are concerned that they, too, could be contaminated. Though, there are no indications, yet, that any other persons have the radiation in their bodies.

Professor Dudley Goodhead, Medical Research Council Radiation and Genome Stability Unit said: “To poison someone much larger amounts are required and this would have to be ma-made, perhaps from particle accelerator or a nuclear reactor.”

perhaps from particle accelerator or a nuclear reactor.”

According to the NY Times:

Before he became sick, Mr. Litvinenko said, he was investigating the death of Anna Politkovskaya, a journalist who was highly critical of Russian policy in Chechnya and who was shot at her apartment building in Moscow on Oct. 7.

Alexander Litvinenko was said to be a target of Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, because of his vocal opposition to the government, and the KGB party. The Italian security officer had possibly been poisoned on a meeting they had about how Alexander’s life was in danger. There is some speculation on how his life, and the life of a woman he was doing an investigating report on, might be linked.

The woman was Anna Politkovskaya, who was an independent reporter, when a series of wars broke out around Russia, including the Chechen war, where Russian troops tried to reclaim the territory. Politkovskaya was an active reporter who was criticized in that conflict.

Litvinenko wrote a book called, “Blowing up Russia: Terror From Within”, S.P.I. Books, and in this book, he heavily criticizes the Russian government. He wrote:

“The war in Chechnya has made human life cheap in Russia. The brutal killings and the trade in slaves and hostages have thrown our country back to the days of slavery. Thousands of people who go through the war in Chechnya are forced to kill. They can never go back to civilian life.”

With these sorts of reflections, back in March of 2002, it is no wonder that the KGB would be afraid of the words that Litvinenko spoke and attempt to silence him. Now, it will be up to the UK authorities to make the connections on whether it was the KGB who poisoned Alexander.

Heather Kuhn is an author, and she blogs at Todays News and Blogger News Network

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