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The Independent: Litvinenko 'smuggled nuclear material' (29 November 2006)
In an interview with The Independent shortly after the poisoning became public, Mr Scaramella said that Mr Litvinenko, a friend and professional contact since 2001, told him he had masterminded the smuggling of radioactive material to Zurich in 2000. There have long been concerns that turmoil in Russia and other former Soviet states after the fall of Communism created an international black market in radioactive substances.

The operation would have been one of the last carried out by Mr Litvinenko while still an FSB officer, in a unit tackling organised crime and smuggling. He fled Russia for London that year after the FSB began investigating him for corruption - charges which he claimed were invented as revenge for his decision to expose an FSB plot to assassinate the Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky.

Friends of Mr Litvinenko, a critic of the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, said last night that they were unaware of his involvement with any smuggling for the FSB. Alex Goldfarb, an ally of Mr Berezovsky, said: "He did not mention anything about nuclear material while serving with the FSB."



Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Nov 29th, 2006 at 07:16:14 AM EST
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The Sun: Shock twist to 'nuke' murder (November 29, 2006)
Former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko feared he had been poisoned by Italian academic Mario Scaramella, it was revealed yesterday.

Pal Yuri Felshtinsky, who wrote a book with Litvinenko, 43, says the stricken ex-KGB man named the Italian in a deathbed phone call.

He told Felshtinsky, 50, that Scaramella seemed nervous and ate nothing when they met in a London sushi restaurant on November 1, after which the Russian fell ill.



Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Nov 29th, 2006 at 07:20:58 AM EST
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What ? What are you doing reading the Sun ?????

Don't tell me, it just fell open at page 3 ;-))

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Nov 29th, 2006 at 07:36:17 AM EST
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It was the primary source for a google news cluster of stories.

Is page 3 online?

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Nov 29th, 2006 at 07:38:30 AM EST
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Is page 3 online?

I have absolutely no idea. But most companies have prohibitions about searching for pornography.


keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Nov 29th, 2006 at 07:43:57 AM EST
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