Thursday, 21 January 2016

Little doubt that the Russian state murdered Litvinenko

Russia is less of a mafia State than it was in the giddy years immediately after the fall of the Wall; today, the institutions of the Russian state have clawed back much of the wealth looted by the opportunistic and independent bandits and brigands, making senior officers, officials and assorted Nomenklatura the new millionaires. Many of the original bandits and brigands remain; they saw which way the wind was blowing, and made a pact with the key state players and in return were allowed to buy their UK newspapers, football clubs and yachts without fear of death. So Russia has gone from a wild west mafia state to one of ordered institutionalised corruption. And today there is little doubt that these powerful state actors are responsible for Litvinenko's murder. 

So should we bristle with righteous outrage at this most wounding of insults, the poisoning of a man as he took tea in London? Well, not, I suggest, unless we also bristle at the barbarian head-choppers of the KSA de-heading their political opponents on trumped up charges by the score. Or our NATO ally in Turkey working in league with ISIS through an open border. We don't, you understand, take positions on moral grounds - the criteria is the harm or utility to the cohort of Cameron's cronies. The savage native barbarians of the Saudi kingdom are useful cash-cows, so they are never openly criticised, however heinous their savagery.

So any criticism of Russia you hear today from Cameron or his chums will have little to do with Litvinenko and much more to do with their frustration at their failure to elbow Putin out of the middle east for commercial reasons. It's all just a game they play, in which money is infinitely more important than human life.


English Pensioner said...

I remain undecided as to whom was responsible. Why should Russia use an obscure isotope which pointed directly to Russia? There are plenty of other non-attributable poisons.
So there seem to be a couple of options
1. It was not done by the Russians but by some other organisation so as to blame the Russians, which must presumably be Americans (we are not devious enough to do it these days).
2.It was done as a warning to other dissidents by Russia.
Neither seem very plausible, so the only remaining option seems to be that he committed suicide in a spectacular manner, but then how did he get the isotope?

Mike Spilligan said...

Good post, Raedwald; though it might be that the FSB (or some other agency) is getting exceptionally careless these days. It could also be that EP is right or there's some kind of double-bluff or even triple-bluff involved. What we can be certain of is that nothing is reflected to give a regular image through deliberately distorting mirrors.

Anonymous said...

Alexander Litvinenko was a double agent, the type of spy that tends to have a short lifespan, as opposed to a single, or triple agent.

Raedwald said:

It's all just a game they play, in which money is infinitely more important than human life.

An old 'game' too:

The Great Game - On Secret Service in High Asia by Peter Hopkirk

Published by Peter Murray ISBN 978-0-7195-6447-5 £9.99 Paperback


rapscallion said...

I agree with the main thrust of this post; that money is what matters along with power. Twas ever thus. As to Russia and its institutionalised mafia, then it has always been that way. The criminal fraternity in Russia has been going on for centuries and unless a sea change occurs in Russia it always will. The Czars, the Communists and today's rulers have at one time or another had dealings with the criminal underground. It spreads its tentacles everywhere, from the factory owners, the banks and the civil servants. They can all be bought, indeed there is an expression for it in Russian "Na lyevo" (on the left)

Cuffleyburgers said...

EP - I think the most likely explanation was it was a bit of a spectacular to send a message to other dissidents that lingering deaths by exotic means would be the wages of their "sins".

The Thrust of your post Radders is dead right.

Sure Putin is a ruthless cynical bastard, but so are the saudis, the americans the french... and so should our people be.

Trouble is they (our people) are only ruthless and cynical towards the British population, regarding all other nationalities they are pussy cats and roll over at the first invitation.

Our government is not scared of us that is the trouble. They have the media in their pocket as much as does Putin or the Chinese. We have become a comfortable people lacking the will or the energy to make a fuss over poor government.

And we are being shafted.

Maybe that is why the govt is so keen on gay marriage...

mikebravo said...

"So any criticism of Russia you hear today from Cameron or his chums will have little to do with Litvinenko and much more to do with their frustration at their failure to elbow Putin out of the middle east for commercial reasons."

Spot on sir!

It also gives the government via it's lapdog media the opportunity to smear Putin as a nonce.

Dave_G said...

Efforts to demonise Russia continue unabated.

So far the Russians have been (effectively) lauded by comments in the media for their efforts to challenge EU expansionism and terrorism in the M.E. to name but two.

There have been many efforts to control public opinion and show the Russians as 'the enemies they should be treated as' - probably in pursuit of political moves to prepare for action against them WITH the support of the public which is essential.

I'm just waiting for the inevitable false flag event that will 'settle' the issue. And mark the start of something more sinister.

Anonymous said...

If you don't speak the lingo, you can't read the message. Po-210 is an odd substance with a short half life. It is made in nuclear reactors, and if you want a message that the deed was done on behalf of a state, no one else has access to the stuff. Its main use is in supplying a neutron source for atomic weapons, and that was perhaps the big message to Litvinenko's Chechen buddies ...

Thud said...

KSA etc are one thing and its possible to despise them while not making excuses for Putin and his murder gang.

DeeDee99 said...

Agreed, Raedwald.

All the time the British Establishment cosy up to the barbarians in Saudi Arabia, they have no moral right whatsoever to criticise Russia. They'd like to get rid of Putin .... but they can't.