Was Litvinenko assassinated because he claimed Putin was a pedophile?
A few days ago a British inquiry ruled that the murder of Alexander Litvinenko was ordered by the FSB and was “probably approved” by Russian President Vladimir Putin. For those unfamiliar with the story, Litvinenko was a former Russian FSB officer, who became critical of the practices of his government and was forced to take asylum in the UK. Then in November of 2006 he became ill and three weeks later he was dead. It was determined that he died of radiation poisoning caused by Polonium-210.
Of course the Russian government denies any claims of wrongdoing. Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, likened the findings of the British inquiry to a work of Agatha Christie and regretted that it was “politicized.”[*] However, Russian protestations may be hollow.
The key piece of data in this murder mystery is the use of the extremely radioactive element Polonium-210. Only 100 grams of Polonium-210 are made in nuclear reactors annually, meaning this is not a substance you can acquire from your local pharmacy or drug dealer. So whoever killed Litvinenko had to have access to a nuclear reactor, which implies the participation of a nation state or at the least a rogue element of a nation state.
Of all the nation states it is Russia and its leader Putin who has the greatest motive to perpetrate this crime. Litvinenko made many scandalous, albeit unsubstantiated, allegations against the Russian government including that the Moscow theater hostage crisis and the Beslan school massacre were false flag events orchestrated by the Russian government for its own ends. However, a Protothema article puts forth the theory that a July 2006 blog post by Litvinenko, in which he accused Putin of being a pedophile, is what may have precipitated his assassination.
The blog post in question was prompted following a scene at Moscow’s Red Square where Putin kissed a little boy on the stomach. Litvinenko wrote, “Nobody can understand why the Russian president did such a strange thing as kissing the stomach of an unfamiliar small boy. The explanation may be found if we look carefully at the so-called “blank spots” in Putin’s biography.” The explanation was that Putin was a pedophile, which according to Litvinenko, was known by Putin’s superiors in the KGB.
So could this have been the final straw that triggered Putin to get rid of Litvinenko? Now the accusation that Putin is a pedophile seems to be outrageous and nothing more than calumny against his character. Yet I doubt that Putin is one to take such slander leniently, and with his ruthlessness in mind, it is not unreasonable to strongly suspect this slander could have been the reason for Litvinenko’s assassination.
The story of Litvinenko and his death is the stuff of a Tom Clancy or Clive Cussler novel. Ultimately no one really knows exactly who murdered him and for what reason, but if something can be learned from this story, it may be that one should be careful what they blog about.
[*] According to Russian officials, it seems like any and all criticism of their country is “politicized,” mind you in their defense, much of the West’s criticism against Russia does appear to be motivated by geopolitical reasons.