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Alexander Litvinenko: Poisoned Russian

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21 Nov 2006, 13:32 #1

Is Al Qaeda a Kremlin Proxy?

By J.R. Nyquist

Last month a journalist friend in Poland sent me a translation of an interview with FSB [KGB] defector Alexander Litvinenko. The following testimony, offered by Litvinenko, was published by FAKT. Alexander Valterovich Litvinenko (b. Voreonezh, 1962) served in the counterintelligence agencies of the Soviet KGB, and after 1991, as a counter-terrorism expert in the Central Staff of the MB-FSK-FSB (KGB successor organizations). In 1997 Litvinenko served in one of the most secretive departments of the Russian KGB -- the Department for the Analysis of Criminal Organizations. He was a senior operations officer and deputy head of the Seventh Section. Litvinenko defected from Russia and was granted political asylum by the United Kingdom in May 2001.

In a July 2002 article titled Ayman al-Zawahiri's Russian Adventure, I offered the following analysis: "Given Zawahiri's travels to Russia and China, given the full context of Russia's double game in Chechnya (described in last week’s column), we ought to entertain the possibility that China and Russia secretly supported the terrorists who attacked America on 9/11."

Poland's FAKT contacted Litvinenko after the London bombings last month and the following conversation was reported:

FAKT: Alexander, who, in your opinion, is the originator of this [London] terrorist attack?

A. Litvinenko: You know, I have spoken about it earlier and I shall say now, that I know only one organization that has made terrorism the main tool of solving political problems. It is the Russian special services. The KGB was engaged in terrorism for many years, and mass terrorism. At the special department of the KGB they trained terrorists from practically every country in the world. These courses lasted, as a rule, for a half-year. Specially trained and prepared agents of the KGB organized murders and explosions, including explosions of tankers, the hijacking of passenger airliners, strikes on diplomatic, state and commercial organizations worldwide.

FAKT: Could you name ... some of the terrorists prepared at the "special courses" of the KGB-FSB?

A. Litvinenko: The bloodiest terrorists in the world were or are agents of the KGB-FSB. These are well-known, like Carlos Ilyich Ramiros, nicknamed "the Jackal," the late Yassir Arafat, Saddam Hussein, Adjalan (he is condemned in Turkey), Wadi Haddad, the head of the service of external operations of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Hauyi, the head of the communist party of Lebanon, Mr. Papaionnu from the Cyprus, Sean Garland from Ireland and many others. All of them were trained by the KGB, received money from there, weapons and explosives, counterfeit documents and a communication equipment for carrying out of acts of terrorism worldwide.

FAKT: Some may object that each of the listed figures, and the forces supporting them, were engaged in solving their own political problems.

A. Litvinenko: Certainly, all these figures and movements operated under their own slogans; however, none of them especially hid their "intimate" ... relationship with the Kremlin and Lubyanka. There is a simple question: whether the Russian special services would train and finance people and groups that were not supervised by Lubyanka and did not serve the interests of the Kremlin? You understand perfectly, they would not. Each act of terrorism made by these people was carried out as an assignment and under the rigid control of the KGB of the USSR. And [the terrorism] ... is not casual after the disintegration of the USSR and [reform of the KGB]....

FAKT: Every terrorist you have named is from 'the old staff' of the KGB. Could you name someone from recent history?

A. Litvinenko: Certainly, here it is. The number two person in the terrorist organization al Qaeda, who they are crediting with the series of explosions in London, Ayman al-Zawahiri, is an old agent of the FSB. Being sentenced to death in Egypt for terrorism and hunted by Interpol, Ayman al-Zawahiri, in 1998, was in the territory of Dagestan, where for half a year he received special training at one of the educational bases of the FSB. After this training he was transferred to Afghanistan, where he had never been before and where, following the recommendation of his Lubyanka chiefs, he at once ... penetrated the milieu of bin Laden and soon became his assistant in al Qaeda.

FAKT: Could you hint at least, where this data comes from?

A. Litvinenko: I can. During my service in one of the most secret departments of the FSB, top officials from the UFSB of Dagestan, who had directly worked with Ayman al-Zawahiri ... were called to Moscow and received high posts.

FAKT: What can you say concerning the acts of terrorism in London ? From what region and with what forces was this strike directed?

A. Litvinenko: In reply to this question I can definitely say that the center of global terrorism is not in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan or the Chechen Republic. The terrorist infection is spread worldwide from Lubyanka Square and the Kremlin cabinet. And until the Russian special services are outlawed, dispersed and condemned, the terrorism will never stop: bombs will blow up and blood will be shed. Terrorism has no expiration date.... I would like to repeat, that all the terrorists, whom I have named, were supported by the heads of the Soviet and Russian special services - Yuri Andropov, Vladimir Putin, Nikolay Patrushev and others. These people are the main terrorists.... And until we condemn them ... global terrorism will continue.
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21 Nov 2006, 14:22 #2

What a clever trick! If it's not suicide-pact, death-cult, Islamofascist extremists, it must be the next best thing, those old commie favourites the wrong side of the Iron Curtain, or, better yet, both in collusion with each other.

However, worth bearing in mind are the words of Fréderic Laurent, as written in The Black Orchestra [Stock Publishing House, 1978] which explain how, generally speaking, evidence suggests that other groups are far better placed and connected to orchestrate acts of terror against the people:
"Neo-fascism is a reality. For those who have studied it, it is even a more worrying reality than the phantasmagorical “terrorist international” which is regularly portrayed by certain media as a terrifying threat with a terrifying future, with their powerful bosses leading from the darkness, in Moscow, Tripoli, or Pyongyang".
"The problem with always being a conformist is that when you try to change the system from within, it's not you who changes the system; it's the system that will eventually change you." -- Immortal Technique

"The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses." -- Malcolm X

"The eternal fight is not many battles fought on one level, but one great battle fought on many different levels." -- The Antagonist

"Truth does not fear investigation." -- Unknown
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21 Nov 2006, 15:24 #3

The Antagonist @ Nov 21 2006, 02:22 PM wrote: What a clever trick! If it's not suicide-pact, death-cult, Islamofascist extremists, it must be the next best thing, those old commie favourites the wrong side of the Iron Curtain, or, better yet, both in collusion with each other.

However, worth bearing in mind are the words of Fréderic Laurent, as written in The Black Orchestra [Stock Publishing House, 1978] which explain how, generally speaking, evidence suggests that other groups are far better placed and connected to orchestrate acts of terror against the people:
"Neo-fascism is a reality. For those who have studied it, it is even a more worrying reality than the phantasmagorical “terrorist international” which is regularly portrayed by certain media as a terrifying threat with a terrifying future, with their powerful bosses leading from the darkness, in Moscow, Tripoli, or Pyongyang".
Well yes I thought he'd left rather a lot out - what about the CIA, Mossad, MI5, MI6, SIS etc?

I suspect most of the intelligence agencies are in cohoot with each other in a vast network, using a variety of agents and merceneries to carry out their dirty work. Once you start looking the deeper it goes.
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21 Nov 2006, 17:05 #4

What a clever trick! If it's not suicide-pact, death-cult, Islamofascist extremists, it must be the next best thing, those old commie favourites the wrong side of the Iron Curtain, or, better yet, both in collusion with each other.
I think the article, even as a piece of propaganda, is written quite badly, as it doesn't give a creative explanation for the contradiction that this network came into existence because muslims were recruited to fight in Afghanistan against the Russians.

Also the inclusion of for example someone like Saddam Hussein is hilarious, given his close ties with the US prior to the Gulf War, and his treatment of communists in Iraq. During the cold war, Saddam proved a loyal ally against the communists.

But sadly enough, many people don't think rationally and will believe such fairy tales.
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22 Nov 2006, 21:47 #5

And, of course, there's also this story, by Litvinenko, published shortly after Mr Putin rather curiously lifted a young boy's shirt and kissed him on the stomach for no apparent reason:
The Kremlin Pedophile
By Alexander Litvinenko

July, 05, 2006

A few days ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin walked from the Big Kremlin Palace to his Residence. At one of the Kremlin squares, the president stopped to chat with the tourists. Among them was a boy aged 4 or 5.

'What is your name?' Putin asked.

'Nikita,' the boy replied.

Putin kneed, lifted the boy's T-shirt and kissed his stomach.

The world public is shocked. Nobody can understand why the Russian president did such a strange thing as kissing the stomach of an unfamiliar small boy.

The explanation may be found if we look carefully at the so-called "blank spots" in Putin's biography.

After graduating from the Andropov Institute, which prepares officers for the KGB intelligence service, Putin was not accepted into the foreign intelligence. Instead, he was sent to a junior position in KGB Leningrad Directorate. This was a very unusual twist for a career of an Andropov Institute's graduate with fluent German. Why did that happen with Putin?

Because, shortly before his graduation, his bosses learned that Putin was a pedophile. So say some people who knew Putin as a student at the Institute.

The Institute officials feared to report this to their own superiors, which would cause an unpleasant investigation. They decided it was easier just to avoid sending Putin abroad under some pretext. Such a solution is not unusual for the secret services.

Many years later, when Putin became the FSB director and was preparing for presidency, he began to seek and destroy any compromising materials collected against him by the secret services over earlier years. It was not difficult, provided he himself was the FSB director. Among other things, Putin found videotapes in the FSB Internal Security Directorate, which showed him making sex with some underage boys.

Interestingly, the video was recorded in the same conspiratorial flat in Polyanka Street in Moscow where Russian Prosecutor-General Yuri Skuratov was secretly video-taped with two prostitutes. Later, in the famous scandal, Putin (on Roman Abramovich's instructions) blackmailed Skuratov with these tapes and tried to persuade the Prosecutor-General to resign. In that conversation, Putin mentioned to Skuratov that he himself was also secretly video-taped making sex at the same bed. (But of course, he did not tell it was pedophilia rather than normal sex.) Later, Skuratov wrote about this in his book Variant Drakona (p.p. 153-154)."

Source: Chechen press
All of which has overtones of the godfather of gonzo, Hunter S. Thompson's, peculiar fate. The following is quoted from a post of at Alex Cox's forum:
[quote=""The Antagonist""]Not quite 10,000 ways to die, but with his vocal dissent immediately 9/11 happened and his reported connection to this, it seems there might have been at least a few ways to die for the Godfather of Gonzo.[/quote]
"The problem with always being a conformist is that when you try to change the system from within, it's not you who changes the system; it's the system that will eventually change you." -- Immortal Technique

"The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses." -- Malcolm X

"The eternal fight is not many battles fought on one level, but one great battle fought on many different levels." -- The Antagonist

"Truth does not fear investigation." -- Unknown
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27 Nov 2006, 11:41 #6

Murdered Russian ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko passed documents to former Yukos CEO in Israel months before his death - report
November 25, 2006, 9:10 AM (GMT+02:00)
http://www.debka.com/headline.php?hid=3540

Leonid Nevzlin, former CEO of the oil giant and current chairman of the Diaspora Museum in Tel Aviv, says the former Russian spy came to Israel with classified documents on Yukos which may be damaging to Russian leaders. Nevzliln estimates that Litvinenko’s death was connected with this information, which he has handed to London police investigators of the murder.

DEBKAfile’s intelligence sources add that the Russian ex-spy is believed to have been a double agent, who sold trade secrets to different parties in and outside Russia, among them some of the Russian oligarchs living in exile in the West. Livinenko served as a colonel in a Russian Federal Security Services unit which investigated and carried out special operations against businessmen.

British police found traces of the radioactive Polonium 210 in Litvinenko’s urine.

The London media accuse Vladimir Putin of being behind the murder which they claim was politically-motivated.

See also :

Former Owner Says Litvinenko Death Linked to Yukos Dossier
MosNews
November 27, 2006
http://www.mosnews.com/news/2006/11/27/ ... enko.shtml

Litvinenko Spoke of Recruiting Assassins
By David Stringer / The Associated Press
November 27, 2006
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2 ... 7/018.html

Timing Couldn't Be Worse for Putin
By Nabi Abdullaev and Maria Levitov
November 27, 2006
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2 ... 7/002.html
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27 Nov 2006, 18:10 #7

over at BFN, Hocus Locus puts the interesting theory that Litvinenko was lined up for this outcome some time back...


from BFN
Hocus Locus wrote:Someone just 'retired' Litvinenko [today]
Someone doesn't like Putin. [1998-today]
Someone wants us to be afraid, generally.[today]
Someone wants us to be afraid, specifically of radiation. [today]
Someone "doesn't care" about collateral exposure at sushi bar and hotel. [today]
Someone likes to use allegations of 'anti-semitism' as a weapon.[in 1998, if they wrote the script]
Someone had a loose end to clean up. [done?]

This guy sounds like a real doofus, someone I wouldn't hire to assasinate a goldfish. I find it difficult to believe that in 1998, FSB would give him an assignment, then "threaten him" is he failed to carry it out? Then stand back while he goes and spills the beans on Russian TV?

No, if FSB had ordered Litvinenko to kill anybody and he was going to expose them like that, he would have been boom! gone, then.

HOWEVER, someone could have hired him in 1998 to go public with an (untrue) strory of a (never happened) order to kill a prominent Russian Jew (who was never in danger). The formula anti-semite comment is sweet, someone in the FSB is (falsely) quoted as saying that refusal to carry out the order would [be] "preventing patriots from the motherland from killing a Jew who robbed half his country"

Who writes this stuff?
Whose loose end was this?

Mossad?

EDIT: or someone trying to implicate them ( but isn't that Always The Case ) , someone who would have had a motive to do so in 1998. The "patriots from the motherland" quote (obviously literal trans from Russian) sounds a bit campy, but in the USSR they do use direct emotional fervor when debating politics, sort of a Nation of Alex Joneses.

Still the question: if there is a 'who' behind the 'rise of anti-semitism in Russia today' then who for what purpose? I am a firm believer in the precept that unless something political or economic has been demonstrably seething, or someone with an agenda is weilding the blunt club of hate, people usually pick other than race/origin issues to get excited about. Because I neither believe in 'original sin' nor 'original hate'.


1-Jul-1999 Moscow Times Editorial
EDITORIAL: Leave Voting To Citizens, Not Chekists

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin addressed a meeting of the
Federal Security Service. His message: FSB agents have a crucial role to play
this winter in keeping undesirable elements from being elected to the
parliament.

We would disagree with the prime minister's assertion entirely. Let the
voters decide who should be in the parliament.

It's hard to imagine a situation in any democracy where the security services
should be encouraged to place their own political judgments above those of
the electorate. But it's even harder when that security service is the
not-so-reformed former KGB. This is the same organization that in April
offered parliament its cheeky and unsolicited opinion that the Duma's drive
to impeach President Boris Yeltsin was illegal.

Stepashin told his Chekists that "criminals" are about to slip into the Duma
through the December elections and called for vigilance. Now, again, this is
the same FSB that earlier this year was torn between two camps -- each of them
accusing the other of running organized crime rings within the agency.
Alexander Litvinenko and two other former FSB agents told a national
television audience they had been instructed by superiors to assassinate
Russia's best-known political intriguer, tycoon Boris Berezovsky. Amid
giggles and criminal slang, the three also bragged of their own exploits,
which included kidnapping, torture and killings.

So no matter how one parses this, it seems that the FSB is having a problem
keeping contract killers out of its ranks. How is it going to keep more
run-of-the-mill criminals out of the entire national political scene?


For that matter, why should we trust Stepashin when he publicly wrings his
hands about organized crime creeping into politics? Isn't this the same
Stepashin who, as interior minister, airily announced he would ignore an
arrest order for Berezovsky issued by the prosecutor general? We are not
making a commentary here on Berezovsky, only on Stepashin's sense of duty --
here was the nation's No. 1 police officer, defiantly brushing aside orders
from the prosecutor. Berezovsky will come in his own good time and "explain
matters," was how Stepashin put it. (After this performance - to say nothing -
of Chechnya - how could self-described "democrats" applaud Stepashin as prime
minister?)

Stepashin has been vague about how FSB vigilance might translate into action.
However, he has put forward one concrete task: to keep these elections
"clean" of kompromat, compromising materials. But what is kompromat - except
evidence of criminal wrongdoing on the part of government officials that
finds its way into the news media? And what can the FSB do to stop this,
except muzzle the media?

The Independent 18 November 1998
Russian spies 'running protection rackets' By Phil Reeves in Moscow

RUSSIA'S SECRET service, successor to the KGB, is being used to carry out assassinations, seize hostages and extort money from big business, agents have claimed.

In an extraordinary public appearance, Federal Security Bureau (FSB) officers said the agency was being used "to settle accounts with undesirable persons, to carry out private political and criminal orders for a fee, and sometimes simply as an instrument to earn money". The men, several wearing reflective sunglasses and one clad in a black balaclava, unveiled their allegations at a press conference in Moscow, plunging the agency into one of its more serious, and mysterious, post-Soviet scandals.

"Our aim is to draw public attention to the deviations in the work of the Federal Security Bureau that are exceedingly dangerous for society and which have become features of its activities," they said in a statement. "We do not want the shadow of the criminal actions of a number of officials to be cast on the service and its honest officers." The statement was signed by two colonels, two majors and a senior lieutenant.

Security officers publicly attacking their bosses is unheard-of in post-Soviet Russia, and immediately dominated television news headlines, casting a shadow over the meeting in Moscow between President Boris Yeltsin and the German Chancellor, Gerhard Schroder.

In recent years, reports have regularly linked organised crime and the FSB, which has suffered from low morale, poor pay and a brain drain, following the break-up of the far larger KGB. Thousands of ex-KGB agents have taken paid jobs in the shady world of Russian business and banking.

Some media reports have linked FSB elements with contract killings, bombings and hostage-taking. But this is the first time that officers, apparently from the heart of the security system, have so openly spelt out allegations of top level corruption.

They acknowledged that they risked reprisals. "We were told, 'we will first boot you out of the service and then stifle you like pups'," said Lt-Col Alexander Litvinenko.

The most dramatic revelation has been the men's claim that a senior FSB officer ordered the colonel to kill Boris Berezovsky, one of Russia's top business and media magnates, who played a leading role in releasing two British hostages in September. Lt-Col Litvinenko, Mr Berezovsky's former bodyguard, claimed he did not carry out the order, which he received last December, because he regarded it as illegal.

The colonel said as a result he was assaulted, received death threats and was threatened with prosecution. In May, media reports accused him and his colleagues of being involved in murders, assaults, torture and extortion.

Lt-Col Litvinenko claimed one FSB officer also accused him of "preventing patriots from the motherland from killing a Jew who robbed half his country". Mr Berezovsky has Jewish roots, an issue that has acquired significance because of the resurgence of anti-Semitism in Russia.


Another officer, Major Andrei Ponkin, yesterday claimed that in late 1977 the FSB leadership planned to kidnap the brother of a prominent Moscow businessman, Umar Dzhebrailov, Hussein, then take him to a country house. "In case of resistance ... we were ordered to kill the policemen who guarded him and then kill him, as one of the options," he said. The order was never carried out.

The agents argue that these were not isolated incidents. "The order to assassinate ... Berezovsky, unfortunately, is not an exceptional event in the present life of the FSB," said their statement. The director of the Federal Security Bureau, Vladimir Putin, has confirmed that Russia's chief military prosecutor's office is investigating the Berezovsky case. But he has also threatened to sue accusers if their claims prove groundless.

The officers have stressed the director is not their target and the agency's problems began under his predecessor, General Nikolai Kovalyov. claims prove groundless. The officers have stressed the director is not their target and the agency's problems began under his predecessor, General Nikolai Kovalyov.
the 'war "against" terror' is a travelling circus, ready to pitch its macabre death display wherever self determination has a chance, in any place where transnational corporate interests say so, and while we sit in thrall at the spectacle, our pockets are being picked, and while we marvel at the shock and awe on display we should know, that the ring master's plan is that it is we who will be the future stars of the show
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