por Boris Volodarsky

Do meu colega no WAIS, reproduzo o seguinte sobre Litvinenko
O WAIS foi fundado por Ronald Hilton, um grande amigo de Portugal e professor emérito da Unversidade de Stanford, na Califórnia, onde fiz meu estágio de pré-doutoramento. É composto por gente de ciência política do mundo inteiro tendo por única divisa "as brisas da liberdade".
Embora organização informal, tem uma presença activa nas questões concretas de relações internacionais.

"Why did Mr. Litvinenko reveal that he was ordered to assassinate one of the political figures in Russia? At least, that is one of the incidents which Japanese newspapers reported about him."In the Russia of 1998 such moral and political realities as perestroika,glasnost and democracy were already on decline, and a criminal mafia-style state was starting to emerge. A popular way to get rid of a political opponent was murder. Many WAISers may remember, for example, that in 1998 a democratic Russian politician, human rights activist and member of the Russian parliament (Duma), Galina Starovoitova, was shot dead in cold blood in her apartment house.The first precedent was created by Nikolai Khokhlov in 1954, when herefused to assassinate a Russian emigre in Frankfurt am Main and defected to the USA. This example was followed by Bogdan Stashinsky, another KGB officer, who on Kremlin orders poisoned two Ukrainian patriots in Germany in 1957 and 1959, and in 1961 defected to West Berlin and told the truth.At least two cases when the KGB (SVR/FSB) used highly sophisticatedradioactive agents for political murder are registered: the Khokhlov case in Frankfurt in 1957, and the Tsepov case in St. Petersburg on 11September 2004 (sorry for the typo in a previous posting). As far as I am informed, the British authorities are very close to documenting that Alexander Litvinenko, a British subject, was murdered in the centre of London by the agents of the Russian foreign intelligence service.

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