21st Century Wire says…
This week’s British ‘inquiry’ into the death of Alexander Litvinenko concluded that the Kremlin “probably, might have” ordered or “approved” the murder of the Russian defector turned British spy. Despite claims by certain UK Parliamentarians, their findings seem to be anything but conclusive…
Despite presenting no real evidence to back the claim, the inquiry led by British judge Robert Owen thought it was sufficient enough to blame the spy’s death on Russian president Vladimir Putin because Litvinenko was a critic of Putin, with the entire case hinging on an obscure internet article, allegedly published in 2005 by Litvinenko on a little known website called Chechen Press, a copy of which can be viewed here on the blog Information Liberation.
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Then, in an alarmingly coordinated fashion, Britain’s The Independent newspaper, owned by Alexander Yevgenievich Lebedev, a UK-based anti-Putin Russian billionaire led the next leg of the PR campaign, painting a spurious picture of Putin as paedophile, echoing the Owen Inquiry’s claim that it was Litvinenko’s 2005 online article which prompted the murder of the Russian defector.
If Litvinenko’s 2005 internet article was the central piece of ‘evidence’ in the Owen Inquiry, and if this was so damning, with such profound international implications – then why was it buried until now? Could this Inquiry be more geopolitically motivated, than justice motivated? The answer to that question should be self-evident when considering the west vs east international crises currently unfolding in places like the Ukraine, Crimea, Syria and Turkey.
Maksim Litvinenko, the brother of deceased Aleksandr Litvinenko, certainly believes this controversy is politically motivated (see full report below).
If the British political establishment can place so much weight on an obscure blog posting in order to determine a guilty verdict, then why did they ignore the late 1990’s edition of Scallywag Magazine which contained an explosive expose naming a long list of Westminster politicians and luminaries involved in the very real VIP child abuse rings being run out of London’s Dolphin Square and Elms Guest House, and also from the Bryn Alyn Boys Home in Wrexham, Wales. Based on what we know so far about some of these scandals, Scallywag’s investigation seemed to be fairly close to the mark, and yet, like so many similar reports – it was, and to a large degree, still remains buried by the British political Establishment – and with no sign of any call for a much-needed, high-profile Public Inquiry.
This latest leg of Litvinenko drama has prompted a wave of tweets with the hashtag #PutinProbablyApproved…
— Jabu Khuluse (@JabuKhuluse) January 24, 2016
The brother of Aleksandr Litvinenko says the UK government had more motivation to kill him than Russia did, despite a British public inquiry which concluded that President Putin “probably” approved the assassination.
Maksim Litvinenko, Aleksandr’s younger brother who lives in Rimini, Italy, responded to the Thursday report by saying it was “ridiculous” to blame the Kremlin for the murder of his brother, stating that he believes British security services had more of a motive to carry out the assassination.
“My father and I are sure that the Russian authorities are not involved. It’s all a set-up to put pressure on the Russian government,” Litvinenko told the Mirror, adding that such reasoning is the only explanation as to why the inquiry was launched 10 years after his brother’s death.
He called the British report a “smear” on Putin, and stressed that rumors claiming his brother was an enemy of the state are false. He added that Aleksandr had planned to return to Russia, and had even told friends about the move.
— RT (@RT_com) January 21, 2016
Litvinenko went on to downplay his brother’s alleged role as a spy, working for either Russia or MI6, adding that the Western media is to blame for such characterization.
“The Russians had no reason to want Alexander dead,” he said. “My brother was not a spy, he was more like a policeman…he was in the FSB [Russian Federal Security Service] but he worked against organized crime, murders, arms trafficking, stuff like that.”
Litvinenko was murdered in London in 2006, when assassins allegedly slipped radioactive polonium 21 into his cup of tea at a hotel. But his brother Maksim cast doubt on whether that was actually the poison used, saying he believes it could have been planted to frame the Russians.
“I believe he could have been killed by another poison, maybe thallium, which killed him slowly, and the polonium was planted afterwards,” he said. He added that requests to have his brother’s body exhumed, in order to verify the presence of polonium, have been ignored by Britain.
“Now after 10 years any trace [of polonium] would have disappeared anyway, so we will never know,” he said, adding that British authorities had not collaborated with Russian investigators on the case.
“This case became a big PR campaign against the Russian government and its president in particular,” Maksim Litvinenko told RT in an interview in 2014. “The West is pressuring Russia very hard now. The MH-17 crash, Crimea, the war in Ukraine, sanctions against Moscow and now this inquiry – I’m not buying that this is a coincidence.”
When asked why Aleksandr Litvinenko’s widow Marina continues to maintain that the Kremlin is responsible for the murder, he said: “She lives in London, to survive she has to play the game and take this point of view. She can’t say anything else.”
(…) Back in 2012, Litvinenko’s father backtracked on his claims that Vladimir Putin was responsible for his son’s death, and asked the Russian president for forgiveness. Walter Litvinenko told RT that his anger had made him say what the Western media wanted to hear…
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