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 through the infrequent radioactive aspect polonium -- triggered a global sensation. inside a number of brief weeks, the healthy forty-three-year-old lay gaunt, bald, and loss of life in a health facility, 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 sure airplanes, suggesting a go back and forth course from Russia for the vendors of the deadly poison. yet what fairly occurred? What did Litvinenko understand? And why used to be he killed?
The complete tale of Sasha Litvinenko's lifestyles and demise is person who the Kremlin doesn't wish instructed. His closest good friend, Alex Goldfarb, and his widow, Marina, are the one those who 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 excellent and scary than any novel.
Ever due to the fact 1998, while Litvinenko denounced the FSB for ordering him to assassinate rich person Boris Berezovsky, he had committed his existence to exposing the FSB's darkest secrets and techniques. After a dramatic get away to London with Goldfarb's counsel, he spent six years, usually operating with Goldfarb, investigating a widening sequence of scandals. Oligarchs and reporters were assassinated. Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yuschenko used to be poisoned at the crusade path. The conflict in Chechnya grew to become unspeakably harsh on either 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 keep watch over over the media, and penetration of all degrees of presidency, the previous KGB is again with a vengeance. Sasha Litvinenko committed his existence 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