Ex-KGB officer poisoning probed

#1
Keep telling you all, London has some dodgy food!

UK police are investigating the poisoning of a Russian former security agent and critic of President Vladimir Putin living in exile in Britain.
Alexander Litvinenko, a former colonel in the KGB, told the BBC he fell ill after meeting a contact at a London sushi bar on 1 November.

Police say the 43-year-old is in a serious but stable condition in University College Hospital, London.

Clinical experts said he was poisoned with the highly-toxic metal thallium.

Several hours after the meeting, I started to feel sick

Alexander Litvinenko, former Russian agent


Profile: Alexander Litvinenko

Mr Litvinenko fled Russia and was granted political asylum in Britain in 2001.
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#2
wasny one of the opposition leaders poisoned a bit back?They showed some before and after pics and he looked real bad!
 
#5
One thing though, it was in a sushi restaurant, could it be possible he either ordered puffer fish or, if not, the dish he did order could have been prepared on a contaminated surface or with contaminated implements?

I am not trying to disparage the restaurant but it is something to bear in mind.

stab
 

navs

Midshipman
#6
Maybe it was the same place the Spurs team got food poisening last season, where Arsenal finished 4th, and Spurs missed out on a Champions league slot!
 
#9
Or MOD scientist Dr. David Kelly..................ooops! What I meant to say was 'move along everyone there's nothing to see here'.
 

FlagWagger

GCM
Book Reviewer
#10
#11
Some of us will remember the injecting with a sedative of a woman in Murmansk who dared stand up and complain vociferously about the cock up in the rescue attempt on the Kursk - filmed by the world's TV and they still didn't give a toss.
 

sweeney

Lantern Swinger
#12
golden_rivet said:
Some of us will remember the injecting with a sedative of a woman in Murmansk who dared stand up and complain vociferously about the cock up in the rescue attempt on the Kursk - filmed by the world's TV and they still didn't give a toss.
Wait a miniute, she was going crackers! And this man is a defector... My wife says Putin is 100% big man and everybody who is against him needs to go swimming in icy lake. They cannot be faulted comrade!
 
#13
sweeney said:
golden_rivet said:
Some of us will remember the injecting with a sedative of a woman in Murmansk who dared stand up and complain vociferously about the cock up in the rescue attempt on the Kursk - filmed by the world's TV and they still didn't give a toss.
Wait a miniute, she was going crackers! And this man is a defector... My wife says Putin is 100% big man and everybody who is against him needs to go swimming in icy lake. They cannot be faulted comrade!
I remember that, she wasn't going crackers, just speaking out (ok at the top of her voice because she was p****d off), so they tired to silence her, unlucky for them it was caught on camera. Also anyone remember when a Chinese minster visited the US not to long ago, and a Chinese women started protesting about human rights (of course she could never have done that in her country of origin) and the American Authorities arrested her...
 

sweeney

Lantern Swinger
#14
navs said:
I remember that, she wasn't going crackers, just speaking out (ok at the top of her voice because she was p****d off), so they tired to silence her, unlucky for them it was caught on camera. Also anyone remember when a Chinese minster visited the US not to long ago, and a Chinese women started protesting about human rights (of course she could never have done that in her country of origin) and the American Authorities arrested her...
Yeah, she was a journo wasn't she? I would have put a couple of 20mm rounds into her. That would have fixed things proper.
 
#15
FlagWagger said:
stabradop said:
One thing though, it was in a sushi restaurant, could it be possible he either ordered puffer fish or, if not, the dish he did order could have been prepared on a contaminated surface or with contaminated implements?

I am not trying to disparage the restaurant but it is something to bear in mind.

stab
Pufferfish, or fugu, does not contain thallium - this is the substance with which the ex-spook has been contaminated according to the medics.
oops clanger dropped, obviously didnt read it properly (slaps self hard)

stab
 
#16
Thallium isnt something that you can just drop down your local Boots or ASDA and pick up!Looks like the russkis are back to their old tricks.Apparently in the last 5 years the increase in their overseas operatives that have been identified has risen by over 300%!!!!!Spending on their Internal and External Secret security had tripled!
 
#17
Andy - perfectly correct. You cannot buy Thallium at Boots or ASDA. It would take you at least 5 days to obtain from EBay at a cost of US$49.99. The cut-slab Thalium in a vacuum sealed glass ampoule would kill a couple of dozen secret agents. Hurry whilst stocks last. I think that we should stick with Ricin. Far more civilised and far easier to source.

RM
 
#18
Bergen said:
Andy - perfectly correct. You cannot buy Thallium at Boots or ASDA. It would take you at least 5 days to obtain from EBay at a cost of US$49.99. The cut-slab Thalium in a vacuum sealed glass ampoule would kill a couple of dozen secret agents. Hurry whilst stocks last. I think that we should stick with Ricin. Far more civilised and far easier to source.

RM
LOL
 
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