Monday, November 27, 2006

Suicide in Nuke-Slay Spy Case?

There is a report in the Independent raising the possibility that Alexander Litvinenko, the ex-KGB dissident who succumbed to poisoning by polonium-210 last week, may have killed himself in an effort to discredit Russian President Vladimir Putin.

I sincerely hope this is not the case since it would only serve to bolster Putin and lend credibility to his denials in other cases of government critics who have been killed. Anna Politkovskaya, for example, the Russian journalist and Putin critic who was gunned down in her Moscow apartment building, certainly didn't kill herself. Suicide victims rarely have the chance to shoot themselves in the head a second time.

It is encouraging to note that the speculation on Litvinenko's alleged "martyrdom operation" is coming in large part from the Russian press, which enjoys a less than stellar reputation for honesty and independence from the Putin regime.
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