Day: December 18, 2006

Half-Life of a Lie

An investigative article in Novaya gazeta dissects the official Russian version of the Litvinenko poisoning case, and reminds readers that

Until November 1 Litvinenko had left no traces of radiation anywhere.


Kovtun began to leave traces of polonium in Hamburg on October 28.

Before his meeting with Litvinenko, Lugovoy stayed in room 441 of the Millennium Hotel, where very strong traces – the initial traces – of polonium-210 were found.

The radiation “tail” followed Alexander Litvinenko only after his meeting with Kovtun and Lugovoy in the bar of the Millennium Hotel. And it was there that a cup which had been strongly contaminated with polonium was found.

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This photograph ( was taken during the “March of Dissenters” (Marsh nesoglasnykh) which took place in Moscow on Saturday, involving the participation of about 3,000 demonstrators from various factions and groupings. It shows Mikhail Kasyanov, Eduard Limonov and Garry Kasparov marching very close together – causing some observers to wonder: is Limonov changing his views, and is the National Bolshevik Party which he leads a different party now? Or is something else happening here?

(via M.L.)