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Death of a Dissident: The Poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko and the Return…

by Alex Goldfarb

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Finally!! I'm through! This book has been following me around for quite some time now and, to be honest, I've had enough now.

It is a good book. BUT (there's always a but, somewhere in a story...) for me it was a bit disappointing. The story wasn't a story about 'Litvinenko', but is was even more one about Russian politics in the last decade. With all the intrigues, the hatred, the games. And, to tell you the thruth, that's not something I'm very fond of.

For me the first and the last part were the best. These were the 'adventures' and death of Litvinenko. The middle part, about conspiracies, political friendships and no-more friendships, was not really my cup of tea. Sorry... ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Mar 31, 2013 |
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The first reports seemed absurd, almost surreal. A Russian dissident, formerly an employee of the KGB and its successor, the FSB, had seemingly been poisoned in a London sushi bar, during a meeting with an Italian academic. As Alexander Litvinenko's condition worsened,, however, and he was transferred to University College Hospital and placed under armed guard, the story took a sinister turn. On 23 November  2006, Litvinenko died, apparently a rare victim of polonium-210 radiation poisoning. He himself, in a dramatic statement from his deathbed, accused his former employers at the Kremlin of being responsible.

Who was ALexander Litvinenko? Why was he in London in the first place? What had happened in Russia since the end of the Cold War to make his life there untenable, and even in severe jeopardy in Britain, the country that had granted him asylum? How did he really die, and how was he linked to other prominent Russian dissidents both in London and other Western cities?

The hall of mirrors that this extraordinary case opens up threatens to overwhelm rational explanation. But in his spokesman and close friend, Alex Goldfarb, and his widow Marina, we have two people who know more than anyone abut the real Sasha Litvinenko, and about his murder. In Death of a Dissident they collaborate to extraordinary and compelling effect to present the definitive account of these strange and troubling events. A real-life espionage thriller, their riveting book sheds astonishing light not just on this tragic story but also on the biggest crisis in relations with Russia since the fall of the Berlin Wall.
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The assassination of former Russian intelligence officer Alexander Litvinenko in November 2006--poisoned by the rare radioactive element polonium--caused an international sensation. Within a few short weeks, the fit 43-year-old lay gaunt, bald, and dying in a hospital, the victim of a "tiny nuclear bomb." Suspicions swirled around Russia's FSB, the successor to the KGB, and the Putin regime. But what really happened? What did Litvinenko know? And why was he killed? The full story of Litvinenko's life and death is one that the Kremlin does not want told. Ever since 1998, when Litvinenko denounced the FSB for ordering him to assassinate tycoon Boris Berezovsky, he had devoted his life to exposing the FSB's darkest secrets. He investigated everything, and he denounced his former employers in no uncertain terms. Litvinenko dedicated his life to exposing this truth; it took his diabolical murder for the world to listen.--From publisher description.… (more)

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