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

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The assassination of former Russian intelligence officer Alexander "Sasha" Litvinenko in November 2006 — poisoned by the rare radioactive element polonium — caused an international sensation. Within a few short weeks, the fit forty-three-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. Traces of polonium radiation were found in Germany and on certain airplanes, suggesting a travel route from Russia for the carriers of the fatal poison. But what really happened? What did Litvinenko know? And why was he killed? andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; The full story of Sasha Litvinenko's life and death is one that the Kremlin does not want told. His closest friend, Alex Goldfarb, and his widow, Marina, are the only two people who can tell it all, from firsthand knowledge, with dramatic scenes from Moscow to London to Washington. andlt;iandgt;Death of a Dissidentandlt;/iandgt; reads like a political thriller, yet its story is more fantastic and frightening than any novel. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; 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. After a dramatic escape to London with Goldfarb's assistance, he spent six years, often working with Goldfarb, investigating a widening series of scandals. Oligarchs and journalists have been assassinated. Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yuschenko was poisoned on the campaign trail. The war in Chechnya became unspeakably harsh on both sides. Sasha Litvinenko investigated all of it, and he denounced his former employers in no uncertain terms for their dirty deeds. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;iandgt;Death of a Dissidentandlt;/iandgt; opens a window into the dark heart of the Putin Kremlin. With its strong-arm tactics, tight control over the media, and penetration of all levels of government, the old KGB is back with a vengeance. Sasha Litvinenko dedicated his life to exposing this truth. It took his diabolical murder for the world to listen.

Synopsis:

The assassination of former Russian intelligence officer Alexander "Sasha" Litvinenko in November 2006 — poisoned by the rare radioactive element polonium — caused an international sensation. Within a few short weeks, the fit forty-three-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. Traces of polonium radiation were found in Germany and on certain airplanes, suggesting a travel route from Russia for the carriers of the fatal poison. But what really happened? What did Litvinenko know? And why was he killed?

The full story of Sasha Litvinenko's life and death is one that the Kremlin does not want told. His closest friend, Alex Goldfarb, and his widow, Marina, are the only two people who can tell it all, from firsthand knowledge, with dramatic scenes from Moscow to London to Washington. Death of a Dissident reads like a political thriller, yet its story is more fantastic and frightening than any novel.

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. After a dramatic escape to London with Goldfarb's assistance, he spent six years, often working with Goldfarb, investigating a widening series of scandals. Oligarchs and journalists have been assassinated. Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yuschenko was poisoned on the campaign trail. The war in Chechnya became unspeakably harsh on both sides. Sasha Litvinenko investigated all of it, and he denounced his former employers in no uncertain terms for their dirty deeds.

Death of a Dissident opens a window into the dark heart of the Putin Kremlin. With its strong-arm tactics, tight control over the media, and penetration of all levels of government, the old KGB is back with a vengeance. Sasha Litvinenko dedicated his life to exposing this truth. It took his diabolical murder for the world to listen.

Synopsis:

The inside story of the political thriller that has dominated headlines is told by the only two eyewitnesses who know the facts. The truth behind why Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned reaches to the highest levels of the Kremlin and reveals extraordinary abuses of power in Russia.

About the Author

andlt;bandgt;Alex Goldfarb, Ph.D.,andlt;/bandgt; was a dissident scientist who left Russia in the 1970s, joining the faculty of Columbia University. After the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, he went to work for George Soros directing charitable initiatives in Russia. He befriended Alexander Litvinenko in the 1990s. Goldfarb later helped Litvinenko work on his memoirs and supported his efforts to expose the abuses of the newly ascendant FSB. Goldfarb is currently the executive director of the International Foundation for Civil Liberties, set up by Boris Berezovsky as an umbrella group for human-rights activists.andlt;bandgt;Marina Litvinenkoandlt;/bandgt; first met Alexander at her thirty-first birthday party, in 1993, when he was a young officer in the FSB. They married and she gave birth to a son thereafter. In 2000, the three of them sought asylum in the United Kingdom, and she continues to live in London with her twelve-year-old son.

Table of Contents

Contents

Cast of Characters

Author's Note

Part I:

The Making Of A Dissident

1. Asylum 3 2. The Strange Major

Part II:

The Struggle For The Kremlin

3. The Robber Baron 45 4. The Davos Pact

Part III:

The Drumbeats Of War

5. The Rebels

6. The Plotters

7. The Whistle-blowers

Part IV:

The Making of a President

(Russian-Style)

8. The Loyalist

9. The Victors

10. The Fugitives

Part V:

The Return Of The KGB

11. The Exiles

12. The Sleuths

13. The Quarry

14. The "Tiny Nuclear Bomb"

15. The Hall of Mirrors

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781416551652
Author:
Goldfarb, Alex
Publisher:
Free Press
With:
Litvinenko, Marina
Author:
Litvinenko, Marina
Subject:
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Subject:
Espionage
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Murder - General
Subject:
Political crimes and offenses
Subject:
Dissenters
Subject:
Russia (federation)
Subject:
Federal§naëiìa sluzhba bezopasnosti Rossii
Subject:
Russia-General Russian History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20070631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8pp b+w insert; index
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 384 pages Free Press - English 9781416551652 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The assassination of former Russian intelligence officer Alexander "Sasha" Litvinenko in November 2006 — poisoned by the rare radioactive element polonium — caused an international sensation. Within a few short weeks, the fit forty-three-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. Traces of polonium radiation were found in Germany and on certain airplanes, suggesting a travel route from Russia for the carriers of the fatal poison. But what really happened? What did Litvinenko know? And why was he killed?

The full story of Sasha Litvinenko's life and death is one that the Kremlin does not want told. His closest friend, Alex Goldfarb, and his widow, Marina, are the only two people who can tell it all, from firsthand knowledge, with dramatic scenes from Moscow to London to Washington. Death of a Dissident reads like a political thriller, yet its story is more fantastic and frightening than any novel.

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. After a dramatic escape to London with Goldfarb's assistance, he spent six years, often working with Goldfarb, investigating a widening series of scandals. Oligarchs and journalists have been assassinated. Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yuschenko was poisoned on the campaign trail. The war in Chechnya became unspeakably harsh on both sides. Sasha Litvinenko investigated all of it, and he denounced his former employers in no uncertain terms for their dirty deeds.

Death of a Dissident opens a window into the dark heart of the Putin Kremlin. With its strong-arm tactics, tight control over the media, and penetration of all levels of government, the old KGB is back with a vengeance. Sasha Litvinenko dedicated his life to exposing this truth. It took his diabolical murder for the world to listen.

"Synopsis" by , The inside story of the political thriller that has dominated headlines is told by the only two eyewitnesses who know the facts. The truth behind why Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned reaches to the highest levels of the Kremlin and reveals extraordinary abuses of power in Russia.
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