Skip to comments.Russia no longer murders spies: KGB veteran
Posted on 12/14/2006 12:01:09 PM PST by james500
BERLIN (Reuters) - The head of an organization of former Russian spies was quoted as saying on Thursday Moscow abandoned its policy of assassinating enemies long ago, and that Alexander Litvinenko was probably murdered by criminals.
Former KGB agent Valentin Velichko said fellow former agent Litvinenko, who died in London on November 23 from radiation poisoning, was a traitor but was not killed by Moscow.
"That was long ago. It belonged to the days of Stalin," Velichko, head of the Veterans of Foreign Intelligence, told Die Welt newspaper in an interview. Millions died under the rule of dictator Josef Stalin.
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Now...we didn't do it..wink wink
I'm sure the KGB doesn't (since it doesn't exist anymore)......but what about the FSU?
lol lol lol
I believe Lenin and Stalin made similar claims.
It was in 2004 when they were in the news for trying to poison the Presidential candidate of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko with another inconspicuous compound called dioxin. If you're going to Knock people off, at least pick something that is generic and off the shelf, not something like "POLONIUM" 209 or dioxin.
Sure, lets go to the supermarket and buy some "POLONIUM". Give me a break; even a sudden break failure on a car like from some cheap Hollywood 60s flick would be more believable!
The Ukraine issue for those living under a rock:
Truth is, the Russians were notorious for using "contact poisons to eliminate people all through the Cold War.
No, the KGB just gives spies a "time out."
Probably murdered by criminals. Uh yeah, as if criminals don`t have anything better to do.
"I`m bored! How about we get some highly radioactive polonium and poison someone!"
"But what about robbin` da bank boss?"
"Nah, we did enough of that. Let`s try sometin` new!"
Hey man, Florida state doewn't kill anybody.
They'd like to kill a lot of Gators and a few Hurricanes but they don't, they just don't.
to be honest, I can't help but think that the Russian govt had nothing to do with this especially in this day and age; I mean, it doesn't do much for your image does it?
Lugging around polonium does seem an inefficient way of assassinating someone.
"Only if proven."
I think the chances of proving something like this has never been greater; also: using an extremely rare, hard to manufacture substance for triggering atom bombs (first used in the Nagasaki bomb, if not Trinity) kind of draws attention that you wouldn't want especially if you were interested in foreign investment/Western style economy/avoiding the impression of a murderous, totalitarian state.
Seventeen organisations have been named by Moscow as terrorist groups. The move was taken after four Russian diplomats were kidnapped and killed in Baghdad, provoking President Putin to ordered his security services to hunt down the killers and eliminate them.
Russia has always been able to send its armed forces abroad, including the notorious Soviet-era GRU, which dealt with all military intelligence. The new legislation would allow other branches of Russias security services to operate overseas, including Mr Putins own FSB (Federal Security Service), the successor to the KGB, which has taken the lead in counter-terrorism operations.
This month Mr Putin made it clear that Russia would not tolerate terrorist groups in Russia receiving support from abroad. In a speech at GRU headquarters he said that decisive action must be taken to cut off channels of support and liquidate them.
Okey dokey...and what organization did Putin work for?
"Liberals Love America Like O.J. Loved Nicole"
What a bald-faced lie. Georgi Markov was killed by poison dart filled with ricin and fired from an umbrella in London in 1978. Oh sure, maybe the KGB only "supported" the Bulgarian secret police.. you know, by giving them the ricin, the training, probably even the umbrella. But it's their work all the same.
I'm sure they don't orchestrate bombings either, such as the attack on a Moscow housing development in the 90s that was pinned on the Chechens, despite evidence that it was actually done by the Russian government. Killing their own people for political ends (a huge offensive against Chechnya was opened with wide public support based on this alleged farce). Rant over.
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