A brave man lay on his hospital death bed and movingly told about his murder – it is an image that many of us will never erase from our memory.
The man was a Russian. A man who had defected from his country. A man perhaps with a murky past (as a member of the secret Federal Security Service FSB/KGB) and possibly working here for our MI5/MI6. A man given refuge and political asylum , and citizenship in Britain. A man who lived in fear, fully justified. A dissident and devastating critic of Russian President Putin, an obvious target for revenge, for silencing indeed. He wasn’t blown up, shot, bludgeoned, strangled, knifed, or even run down – no, he was cleverly, bizarrely, subtly, cruelly, poisoned with radiation. Plutonium 210 a lethal radioactive isotope you can’t buy in your corner shop, and is so rare & obtuse that only a sophisticated military associated nuclear plant can produce it.
The thing about radioactive material is that like a dog urinating on lampposts, it leaves a trail. Oh yes, the authorities detected such a trail and reportedly the man most likely to be associated with it. The UK security forces went to great lengths to follow that trail. How did such deadly material get smuggled into the country without detection or killing the courier one might ask? Not an ordinary passenger then, perhaps someone with diplomatic immunity who doesn’t get searched?
All UK deaths, even of a non-celebrity Russian, are investigated by a Coroner. The security forces refused to share any details with him so he wasn’t able to say what everybody knew already, that the poor man was murdered. The man’s devastated wife Marina has fought tirelessly for a public enquiry to be enacted so that the true facts could be disclosed about her husband’s murder.
Our Home Secretary has consistently refused because she didn’t want to cross the Russians. For the same reason no extradition warrant had been successfully enacted to get the Russian murder suspect (an ex FSB/KGB agent) back to the UK for questioning – so he continues to live the life of Reilly without a care in the world (indeed now a member of the Russian Duma parliament, deemed to protect him from extradition – a reward?). Theresa May had now announced (eight years after the man’s death) that there WILL be a public enquiry – why is that? It is sickenly only because Vladimir Putin is also now accused of being implicated in the murder of three hundred souls travelling in MH17, isn’t it?
[Oh yes, international politics is a low life disgusting murky arena where state murder is apparently an acceptable price to pay for not ruffling a few feathers – we aren’t even talking here about our Country’s security]
In his last statement Alexander Litvinenko said about Putin:
…this may be the time to say one or two things to the person responsible for my present condition. You may succeed in silencing me but that silence comes at a price. You have shown yourself to be as barbaric and ruthless as your most hostile critics have claimed. You have shown yourself to have no respect for life, liberty or any civilized value. You have shown yourself to be unworthy of your office, to be unworthy of the trust of civilized men and women. You may succeed in silencing one man but the howl of protest from around the world will reverberate, Mr Putin, in your ears for the rest of your life. May God forgive you for what you have done, not only to me but to beloved Russia and its people