Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Litvinenko Charges

According to ABC the British Crown Prosecution Service is readying charges for the murder of Alexander Litvinenko. Andrei Lugovoi, and possibly also Dimitri Kovtun are expected to be accused of poisoning Litvinenko with Polonium-210, Lugovoi had tea with him the day he was poisoned and the investigators found a contaminated teapot at the Millennium Hotel. Logovoi is a former Russian secret service bodyguard whom the Russians have indicated they will not extradite.

Litvinenko was not among the most savory of people and his associations and activities no doubt led to his demise. At the same time the levels of corruption and autocracy within Russia leave one with a particularly odd smell in the nose. Putin does little to diminish this view. I suppose it pays to remember that GWB looked into his eyes...

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