>Red Terror File: Russian witness comatose after meeting British police, suspected poisoning; Kremlin’s top prosecutor ("ex"-CPSU) to "investigate"

>The deserved punishment reached the traitor. I am sure his terrible death will be a warning to all the traitors that in Russia the treason is not to be forgiven. I would recommend to citizen Berezovsky to avoid any food at the commemorative feast for Litvinenko.
— Sergei Abeltsev, Deputy, Russian Federation State Duma, Liberal Democratic Party of Russia; quoted in parliamentary hansard, November 24, 2006

The Kremlin body count is about to grow yet again as Dmitry Kovtun (pictured here), a Russian suspect in the Litvinenko assassination case, has reportedly slipped into a poison-induced coma following a meeting with British and Russian investigators. State-run Novosti reported on December 5: “British newspapers earlier reported that in Russia, Scotland Yard detectives were to question a businessman and former KGB and FSB colleague, Andrei Lugovoi, businessmen Dmitry Kovtun and Vyacheslav Sokolenko, and several other people.” These are the three Russians that Litvinenko met at the Millennium Hotel in London on November 1. Later, at the Itsu sushi restaurant Litvinenko met Italian security expert and former Mitrokhin Commission consultant Mario Scaramella.

In a classic case of communist hypocrisy and double standards, moreover, the Kremlin refuses to permit Britain to extradite Russian suspects in the Litvinenko assassination–such as Andrei Lugovoi, former KGB agent, bodyguard for former Prime Minister of Russia Yegor Gaidar (who was poisoned one day after Litvinenko’s death), and former head of security for exiled Russian billionaire Boris Berezovsky. On December 4 Lugovoi checked into a Moscow hospital for medical tests. At the same time, the Kremlin insists that Britain permit Russia to extradiate exiled Chechen foreign minister Akhmed Zakayev (whose boss President Aslan Maskhadov was rubbed out by FSB special forces in 2005) and Berezovsky.

On December 7, state-run ITAR-TASS reported that the Russian General Prosecutor’s Office would institute a criminal investigation into the murder of Litvinenko and the attempted murder of Kovtun. Don’t expect the investigation to go far. Appointed in June 2006, the new Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika is “ex”-CPSU.

One is hard pressed to see how pro-Soviet leftist/faux rightist agitators like Justin Raimondo and Patrick Buchanan will successfully continue to defend Comrad Czar Putin and his Chekist regime against charges of political murder.

Witness in Litvinenko case in coma after suspected poisoning

MOSCOW. Dec 7 (Interfax) A witness in the case of Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian intelligence agent poisoned to death by a radioactive substance in London, fell into a coma on Thursday, is in critical condition and shows symptoms similar to those Litvinenko had, a Moscow source said.

Dmitry Kovtun, a Russian who met with Litvinenko in London in October 2006, “was able to give important testimony” to Russian and British investigators before slipping into a coma, “after which the Russian investigators decided to launch criminal proceedings on charges of attempted murder,” the source told Interfax.

The source said Russian investigators would be in contact with their British counterparts in the probe of Kovtun’s suspected poisoning.

A spokesman for the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office told Interfax: “We don’t make comments at this stage of the investigation.”

Interfax has been unable to obtain comments from any lawyer involved in the case either.

Earlier, Prosecutor General’s Office spokeswoman Marina Gridneva said the Russian prosecutors “had every reason to believe that Dmitry Kovtun and Russian Federation citizen Litvinenko were poisoned with radioactive nuclides.”

She told Russia’s First Channel television that the Prosecutor General’s Office had checked some of the circumstances of Litvinenko’s death to help British detectives.

“Russian citizen Dmitry Kovtun is one of the persons Scotland Yard investigators planned to question. What explains the interest of the British investigators in Kovtun is the fact that he met with Litvinenko in London in October 2006. After interrogating Kovtun and speaking to doctors, the prosecutors have every reason to believe that Dmitry Kovtun and Russian citizen Litvinenko were poisoned with radioactive nuclides,” Gridneva said.

Sources in Moscow said Kovtun fell into a coma almost immediately after talking to Russian and British investigators.

2 responses to “>Red Terror File: Russian witness comatose after meeting British police, suspected poisoning; Kremlin’s top prosecutor ("ex"-CPSU) to "investigate"

  1. mah29001 December 7, 2006 at 6:57 pm

    >This reminds me of that Italian mobster who died after killing Oswald who traveled to Russia and was well linked with the KGB. I think it’s a common practice for the Kremlin to always kill off people who could lead to the Kremlin or Kremlin controlled circles such as the Italian mafia as they were quite involved with the Kennedy assassinations.Also I should show you about the pro-Soviet Raimondo supporting Putin and the pro-Kremlin Russian press’s “claims” of how Putin “isn’t” involved:http://antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=10116“Antiwar.com” is at it again being a member of disinformation campaigns against the West. Raimondo himself isn’t just pro-Soviet, he’s also pro-Chinese as he has hired Bevin Chu a son of a late KMT diplomat onto “Antiwar.com”. Chu was my first profile I have done and his blog can be found via Google. Chu is quite anti-Taiwan and pro-China along with being anti-Western as well and claims to be a “right-winger”.The case with Raimondo collaborating with someone like the Faux Rightie Bevin Chu should really place Chu as being (pro-China) on the Faux Rightie Propaganda category.I just wanted to tell you that consider it should be quite important that Raimondo doesn’t just only supports Putin, but supports handing Taiwan back to China.

  2. mah29001 December 7, 2006 at 9:53 pm

    >This sure sounds like from the Russian leadership that they want to posion a former Putin supporter by that type of rhetoric.

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