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Russia and Britain to look at actual perpetrators behind Litvinenko poisoning
By Wayne Madsen
Online Journal Contributing Writer

Jun 10, 2008, 00:10

(WMR) -- Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has announced that it now willing to work with British law enforcement agencies after it said Britain withdrew "unfounded accusations" originally leveled against Moscow regarding its alleged role in the affair.

Former Russian intelligent agent Alexander Litvinenko died of radiation poisoning from polonium-210 in London in November 2006. A cavalcade of anti-Vladimir Putin Russian exiles in Britain and elsewhere blamed Putin for the murder and they managed to convince the British government of then-Prime Minister Tony Blair of the Kremlin's involvement. British-Russian relations went into a deep freeze as a result.

On November 30, 2006, WMR reported: "There is increasing evidence that the radioactive poisoning assassination of ex-KGB and FSB agent and Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko was the result of a plot by anti-Vladimir Putin criminal syndicates based in Britain, Israel, Ukraine, and Poland to embarrass the Russian government.

"Suspicions about the role of the exiled Russian-Israeli criminal syndicates in the poisoning of Litvinenko, including that headed by Litvinenko's friend, wanted oligarch Boris Berezovsky, re-surfaced after former Russian Prime Minister Yegor Gaidar became violently ill after eating breakfast at a conference he was attending in Dublin, Ireland. Ireland's banking secrecy laws has made it a favorite location for the Russian-Israeli Mafia."

The agreement between the FSB and Britain indicates that Britain has now decided that its original contention of the Kremlin's involvement in the Litvinenko death was unfounded and both sides are now prepared to investigate the actual perpetrators.

Previously published in the Wayne Madsen Report.

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