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Great reporting - I share de Gondi's indignation.

Re the smallness of the amount - seem to remember that in an interview with La Repubblica (I think) recorded before the poisoning but published afterwards, Litvinenko had said that when Scaramella proffered the amount in question he had reacted very coldly - recalling the event he said it was insulting, Scaramella was treating him like "a beggar".  Dunno whether he then actually pocketed the sum or not, far as I recall the interview didn't make that aspect crystal-clear - also don't know whether Litvinenko had felt "insulted" because he had been offered payment at all, or because the payment was so paltry.

"Ignoring moralities is always undesirable, but doing so systematically is really worrisome." Mohammed Khatami

by eternalcityblues (parvati_roma aaaat libero.it) on Wed Jan 24th, 2007 at 03:55:31 PM EST
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