– Worth More Dead Than Alive
January 21, 2016 "Information
So now Russian
President is a cold-blooded assassin, as well as
Europe’s “new Hitler”, the saboteur of civilian
airliners, sponsor of drug abuse in sports and the
friend of Middle East butcher-dictators.
Can the list
of demonic epithets for the Russian leader get any
longer? Just when you think it couldn’t, the good
old British master of dirty tricks pulls out the
“evil assassin” card.
fingered for ordering the murder of
Alexander Litvinenko, a former member
of Russia’s security service FSB.
British so-called public inquiry published this
week only said Putin “probably” ordered the killing
of Litvinenko in London nearly 10 years ago. But the
intended innuendo implanted in the public mind is
plain: Putin is an assassin.
Russian Foreign Ministry
response to the British report, it is all so
predictable. The politicization of a criminal matter
is so flagrantly transparent, it is almost
cringe-making in its clumsiness.
was ordered by the British government in October
2014, and is anything but “public”. It is based
on secret evidence presented behind closed doors
by anonymous British intelligence figures.
proof worthy of a proper legal court is presented.
It is based entirely on “circumstantial”, that is
subjective, inference by a former British judge
sitting in private, but who is then given ample
media exposure to broadcast his “findings”. To call
this a “judicial ruling” is a farce and an insult
to the public’s intelligence.
following the announcement of the inquiry’s
“conclusions”, the British government immediately
censured Russia over “a blatant and unacceptable
breach of international law”. This is not only
typical British arrogance, it is a dangerous,
reckless misuse of a country’s dubious legal
procedures to project an international political
plenty of hard evidence for Russia or any other
state to accuse the British prime minister of war
crimes given his country’s illegal interference
in Libya and Syria. But what gives Britain the right
to accuse Russia’s head of state of murder,
especially based on such flimsy “circumstantial”
evidence? Britain’s disrespect for international
norms in this regard is a new low in dirty tricks.
Cold War stereotypes of “ex-KGB spies seeking
revenge” is the first giveaway that this is a
“psyops job”, in addition to the scripted political
reaction by the British government. This latest
smear fits consistently with the long-running
running Western-led propaganda vendetta
against Vladimir Putin.
to above, the smears include Putin wanting
to militarily over-run Europe to revive the Soviet
Empire, to the shooting down of the Malaysian MH17
airliner over eastern Ukraine in July 2014 with 298
dead, to Russia’s air force support for Syrian
President Bashar Assad. Even though the latter
instance is legitimate aid to an allied country
which is actually being attacked by Western-backed
terrorist mercenaries for regime change.
Of the many
absurdities in the British report on the death
of Litvinenko, perhaps the main one is the alleged
use of radioactive Polonium as a lethal poison. Two
named former FSB agents are accused in the British
report of having tipped the toxin into Litvinenko’s
pot of tea during a private meeting at a posh London
hotel. How very English. Death by a cup of tea!
did take place in November 2006. Three weeks later,
Litvinenko died in a London hospital from internal
organ failure apparently due to poisoning from the
as the British claim, it was the work
of cold-blooded, professional Russian assassins
under orders from their bosses in the Kremlin the
fatal contradiction in this claim is that the
apparent murder was carried out with extraordinary
polonium were allegedly found in the London
hotels where the accused Russian men stayed and even
the planes they travelled on. If professional
assassins were to use radioactive poison they would
keep the lethal dose in a lead capsule to prevent
emission of radioactivity. Our putative Russian
assassins in London must have been throwing the
deadly substance around themselves like aftershave,
if we are to believe the findings of the British
contrary, what careless radioactive traces
in hotels, planes and elsewhere strongly suggest is
that someone was laying an incriminating path
to frame up the Russian men. And even at that we
don’t really know if traces of radioactivity were
actually found because, as noted the un-public
nature of the British inquiry was based entirely
on secret, unverifiable “evidence”.
This is the
same kind of legal “standard” that the West uses
to accuse Russian warplanes of bombing hospitals
in Syria or Russian tanks rolling across Ukraine –
with no verifiable evidence. It’s all down to
politicized assertion and bombast.
defected from Russia to Britain in 2000 after he was
sacked from the Russian FSB for unprofessional
misconduct. He became a British citizen and worked
for Britain’s state intelligence MI6. It sounds
as if Litvinenko was an expedient opportunist,
making nice money as an anti-Putin media writer,
from which he was able to buy a fashionable house
He was a
valuable asset to the British owing to the very
public allegations he made and they were able
to broadcast for smearing Putin and other Russian
government officials with corruption claims. As a
former “Kremlin spy”, the propaganda value that the
British state exploited through Litvinenko was
came an even more valuable propaganda opportunity
for the British – Litvinenko’s death.
to say that his British handlers did not bump
off the Russian “former spy” with their own supply
of radioactive polonium? And given Litvinenko’s
personal umbrage with the Russian government
for being sacked from the FSB, he could be relied
on by the British to give a plausible-sounding death
bed statement imputing Putin for his demise.
putative scenario of Litvinenko’s alleged
assassination by Russian agents under the direction
of the Kremlin was like an investment for the
British. The propaganda dividends have paid
out since his death in 2006 with recurring media
stories impugning Vladimir Putin.
of the latest big dividend – actually openly
accusing Putin of ordering assassination – is
another cause for suspicion that the British “public
inquiry” is just the latest twist in a long-running
media are calling for more sanctions to be imposed
on the Russian government and for extradition
warrants to be issued. However, British officials
are quoted as saying that they are constrained
because of the “sensitive timing” in relation to the
peace talks due to take place in Geneva next week
other fish to fry with the Russians,” said one
official in explaining why the British authorities
may not take more legal action against Moscow
over the Litvinenko case.
fish to fry” is a veiled reference to extracting
concessions from Russia over Syria where the British
objective is regime change against President Assad.
all the hallmarks of a time-honored British
psychological operation. Pile up the smears to then
undermine the moral authority of your opponent
in order that concessions can be extracted.
British, Alexander Litvinenko is definitely worth
more dead than alive.