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Financial Times: Prodi to sue over allegations of KGB links

The suspicious death of a former Russian agent in London was enmeshed in alleged dirty tricks in Italian politics on Friday after Romano Prodi, Italy's prime minister, announced legal action against people linking him to the KGB, the former Soviet intelligence service.

The main person who has made this accusation, which Mr Prodi rejects as utterly unfounded, is Mario Scaramella, a self-styled expert on Soviet espionage in Italy.

Mr Scaramella met Alexander Litvinenko, the former Russian agent, in a London sushi bar on November 1, shortly before Litvinenko fell ill.

Before he died on November 23 of poisoning from polonium 210, a rare radioactive substance, Litvinenko accused Vladimir Putin, Russia's president and a former KGB agent, of ordering his death. The Kremlin dismissed his charge as nonsense.

The Litvinenko affair has spilled into Italian politics because Mr Scaramella was appointed in 2003 as a consultant to a parliamentary inquiry, known as the Mitrokhin commission, which was investigating KGB activities in Italy.

by Fran on Sat Dec 2nd, 2006 at 12:50:14 AM EST
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It would be closer to the truth to say

...Mitrokhin commission, which invented KGB activities in Italy.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Sat Dec 2nd, 2006 at 02:29:45 AM EST
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