Thursday, December 07, 2006

The Shining

Just when you thought it was safe to set up that meet at an H Street Chinese restaurant.

  • Radiation at British Embassy in Russia: Traces of radiation were found at the British Embassy in Moscow as a Litvinenko case witness delayed a meeting with British investigators. (Toronto Daily News)
  • Dmitry Kovtun, a businessman and former Russian agent who met with former spy Alexander Litvinenko in London, has developed an illness connected with a radioactive substance, the prosecutor’s office said. Interfax, citing unidentified sources, said Kovtun fell into a coma immediately after being questioned by Russian investigators and Scotland Yard detectives. (Breitbart/AP)


Blogger 2164th said...

New Russian word for dissent:


12/07/2006 05:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2164th said, "New Russian word for dissent: comatoast"

(Pravda) MOSCOW 12/14/06 - Bloggers Critical of Putin Found Dead After Pajamas Caught In Aeroflot Turbofan Intake

12/07/2006 06:23:00 PM  
Blogger wretchard said...

I've since received word that news of a certain death reported on this comments thread has NOT YET been conveyed to the next of kin. So I've going to delete all references to it.

You know I never delete comments unless it is absolutely necessary and feel you will understand in this case.

12/07/2006 08:57:00 PM  
Blogger allen said...


Thank you for the courtesy. I was unaware.

12/07/2006 09:23:00 PM  
Blogger metaphysician said...

Okay, no offense, but if this was supposed to be some cunning assassination. . . why the hell did they contaminate what sounds like half of London?

12/08/2006 05:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Metaphysician said, "Okay, no offense, but if this was supposed to be some cunning assassination...why the hell did they contaminate what sounds like half of London?"

The enemies of the west continue to append items to their "List Of Offenses That Merit Only A Shrug" and strewing radiation all over a western capital is merely the latest. Previous items include test-detonating a nuclear weapon in North Korea, firing a (faulty) multi-stage rocket at Hawaii, and building nuclear reactors in Iran.

12/08/2006 06:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

metaphysician, that's the Russian way of deterrence: seek the poison trail (that leads all the way to Moscow, but you'll never get there in time) and court your own painful, agonising demise.

12/08/2006 06:28:00 AM  
Blogger Solomon2 said...

"H Street"? Wretch, I didn't know you were local to D.C.!

12/08/2006 09:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A recent article posted elsewhere reminded of the interesting case in 2004 of Viktor Yushchenko (the western-leaning Ukranian presidential candidate) who suffered from dioxin poisoning during a controvercial election.

12/08/2006 12:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there anything to the hypothesis that Litvinenko's death was not a "hit", but a nuclear materials smuggling operation gone awry -- namely, of Polonium-Beryllium "triggers" for suitcase nukes?

12/08/2006 12:21:00 PM  
Blogger Dymphna said...

I heard that rumor also...and that the "assassinated victim" was actually carrying the leaky package.

His deathbed conversion to Islam is interesting. As is the necessity to bury him very, very deep in a thoroughly encased coffin.

As is usual with Russian intrigue, we won't know for another 25 years, when the information is irrelevant.

12/08/2006 07:26:00 PM  
Blogger Dymphna said...


That's the first time I've ever seen you with your fur on...must start opening the comment section instead of just reading them on the post continuation.

12/08/2006 07:27:00 PM  
Blogger Solomon2 said...

dymphna is optimistic. The Russians often destroy their secret records. Lots of IMPORTANT history gets destroyed that way, but the Russians believe it's better to destroy secrets when they are no longer useful than to publish them.

So if you want the truth about Russia, you've got to read their novels. Someday I'll acquire Life and Fate, a novel so compelling that the KGB arrested the manuscript, not the author!

12/14/2006 07:21:00 AM  

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