By Luke Harding
1 November 2006. Alexander Litvinenko is overtly poisoned in vital London. Twenty days later he dies, killed from the interior. The poison? Polonium; an extraordinary, deadly and hugely radioactive substance. His crime? He had made a few robust enemies in Russia.
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Journalist, Exile, Campaigner, Spy 3. First Deployment 4. The German Waiter 5. Murder in Mayfair 6. A Bit of a Puzzle 7. Ruslan and Lyudmila 8. An Inspector Calls 9. Death of an Oligarch 10. Gelsemium Elegans 11. A Small Victorious War 12. The Inquiry 13. Leviathan 14. The Man Who Solved his Own Murder A Note on Sources Acknowledgements and Photo Credits Index Photographs About the Author Copyright Dioxin: Any of three unsaturated heterocyclic compounds, two having the formula C4H6O2 and the third C4H4O2 Gelsemium: A colourless, inodorous, bitter alkaloidal substance obtained from the root of G.
When it arrived from Moscow, this second Lugovoi report was ‘trash’, RISC felt – inferior to Shvets’s classy document and a mere half-page of A4. Litvinenko handed Lugovoi Shvets’s version while Lugovoi was on one of his frequent business trips to London to show him how it might be done. Clearly, if the Litvinenko–Shvets report ever fell into the hands of the Kremlin it would provoke anger. Serious anger. Branding Ivanov a vindictive monster was one thing. But implicating Russia’s president in shady deals with the St Petersburg mafia and Colombian drug smugglers was another.
An Inspector Calls 9. Death of an Oligarch 10. Gelsemium Elegans 11. A Small Victorious War 12. The Inquiry 13. Leviathan 14. The Man Who Solved his Own Murder A Note on Sources Acknowledgements and Photo Credits Index Photographs About the Author Copyright Dioxin: Any of three unsaturated heterocyclic compounds, two having the formula C4H6O2 and the third C4H4O2 Gelsemium: A colourless, inodorous, bitter alkaloidal substance obtained from the root of G. sempervirens Polonium: A highly radioactive metallic element, discovered in 1898 by Professor and Marie Curie in pitchblende Ricin: An extremely toxic lectin present in the seeds of the castor oil plant, Ricinus communis.
A Very Expensive Poison by Luke Harding