The KGB's Poison Factory Ten Years On

Boris Volodarsky

7 December 2006 was a lousy day. Only hours before the event a secret message was delivered to a narrow circle of people who were invited to attend the burial ceremony of Alexander ‘Sasha' Litvinenko at Highgate Cemetery.
Date Published :
February 2020
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Frontline Books
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16 black and white illustrations
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781526733924
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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A ground-breaking study of KGB assassinations, with inside information only known to a former Russian army special forces operative.

In November 1998, Alexander Litvinenko, a former Lieutenant Colonel of the Russian security service or FSB, along with several former colleagues, publicly stated that their superiors had instigated an assassination attempt on a Russian tycoon and oligarch. Following his subsequent arrest and failed trials, Litvinenko fled to London where, having been granted asylum, he worked as a journalist and writer, as well as acting as a consultant for the British intelligence services.

Eight years later, Litvinenko’s past caught up with him when he was assassinated in London. It was on 1 November 2006 that Litvinenko was suddenly taken ill – so serious was his condition that he was hospitalized. He passed away twenty-two days later. Significant amounts of a rare and highly toxic element were subsequently found in his body. Before his death, Litvinenko had said: ‘You may succeed in silencing one man but the howl of protest from around the world, Mr Putin, will reverberate in your ears for the rest of your life.’

In this examination of the events surrounding Litvinenko’s murder, the author, Boris Volodarsky, who was consulted by the Metropolitan Police during the investigation and remains in close contact with Litvinenko’s widow, details the events surrounding the assassination. He brings the story up to date, referring to the findings of the official British inquiry, on the release of which Prime Minister David Cameron condemned Putin for presiding over ‘state sponsored murder’.

The author proves that the Litvinenko’s poisoning is just one of many. Some of these assassinations or attempted assassinations are already known; others are revealed by him for the first time.

About The Author

Boris Volodarsky is a former captain of the GRU Spetsnaz, a member of the World Association of International Studies and co-editor of the _International Personal Files intelligence_ magazine. He is the author of _Nikolai Khokhlov: Self-Esteem with a Halo_ and _The Orlov File: The Greatest KGB Deception of All Time_. He is an advisor to the film director Michael Mann.


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"...this book is long overdue and a fascinating account of what goes on in Russia to this day."

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"...astonishing for the scale of inside knowledge and geographical span rendered un-put-downable by a lucid style and lots of witty asides."

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