By Alex Goldfarb, Marina Litvinenko
Publish 12 months note: First released in 2007
The assassination of former Russian intelligence officer Alexander "Sasha" Litvinenko in November 2006 -- poisoned by way of the infrequent radioactive aspect polonium -- prompted a world sensation. inside of a couple of brief weeks, the healthy forty-three-year-old lay gaunt, bald, and death in a medical institution, the sufferer of a "tiny nuclear bomb." Suspicions swirled round Russia's FSB, the successor to the KGB, and the Putin regime. lines of polonium radiation have been present in Germany and on yes airplanes, suggesting a trip course from Russia for the companies of the deadly poison. yet what relatively occurred? What did Litvinenko be aware of? And why was once he killed?
The complete tale of Sasha Litvinenko's existence and dying is one who the Kremlin doesn't wish informed. His closest buddy, Alex Goldfarb, and his widow, Marina, are the single those that can inform all of it, from firsthand wisdom, with dramatic scenes from Moscow to London to Washington. Death of a Dissident reads like a political mystery, but its tale is extra impressive and scary than any novel.
Ever considering that 1998, while Litvinenko denounced the FSB for ordering him to assassinate wealthy person Boris Berezovsky, he had committed his lifestyles to exposing the FSB's darkest secrets and techniques. After a dramatic get away to London with Goldfarb's assistance, he spent six years, frequently operating with Goldfarb, investigating a widening sequence of scandals. Oligarchs and reporters were assassinated. Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yuschenko was once poisoned at the crusade path. The battle in Chechnya grew to become unspeakably harsh on each side. Sasha Litvinenko investigated it all, and he denounced his former employers in no doubtful phrases for his or her soiled deeds.
Death of a Dissident opens a window into the darkish center of the Putin Kremlin. With its strong-arm strategies, tight regulate over the media, and penetration of all degrees of presidency, the outdated KGB is again with a vengeance. Sasha Litvinenko committed his lifestyles to exposing this fact. It took his diabolical homicide for the area to listen.
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Death of a Dissident: The Poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko and the Return of the KGB by Alex Goldfarb, Marina Litvinenko