Toxic Politics: The Secret History of the Kremlin's Poison Laboratory -- From the Special Cabinet to the Death of Litvinenko

Toxic Politics: The Secret History of the Kremlin's Poison Laboratory -- From the Special Cabinet to the Death of Litvinenko

Toxic Politics: The Secret History of the Kremlin's Poison Laboratory -- From the Special Cabinet to the Death of Litvinenko

Toxic Politics: The Secret History of the Kremlin's Poison Laboratory -- From the Special Cabinet to the Death of Litvinenko

Synopsis

"Toxic Politics: The Secret History of the Kremlin's Poison Laboratory--from the Special Cabinet to the Death of Litvinenko" provides a fascinating investigation into State-sponsored terrorism in the former Soviet Union. While early Soviet assassinations were performed with traditional crude methods, once Lenin's Poison Laboratory was created and put under the control of the Soviet secret services, surreptitious poisoning became the preferred method of removing opposition to the state. The most notorious cases include Lenin's widow, Nadezhda Krupskaya, who was poisoned at a special meal prepared for her 70th birthday celebration; and the Bulgarian dissident Georgi Markov, who was poisoned with an ingenious umbrella gun in London. This book provides an eye-opening examination of the dark side of Soviet power, including how the Russian people viewed these murders and responses from the outside world.

Most recently, the high-profile poisoning of Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko and the death of the journalist and former Soviet KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko serve as timely reminders that systematic Russian political poisonings are anything but a thing of the past.

Excerpt

When the idea for this book first came to me, I knew there would be no final chapter. It was obvious that more names would be added to the poison laboratory’s list of victims.

The government’s claim that “we have put an end to state terrorism” was already being made during the era of the Soviet Union and again in postSoviet Russia. Government representatives have come out with many such claims. But given the tragic facts we cannot take them seriously. Killings and attempted killings have followed one another, sometimes on an amazing scale and with astonishing cruelty and with every sign of being masterminded in the Kremlin or Lubyanka. I am thinking in particular of the explosions that rocked apartment blocks in Moscow on the eve of the election of our beloved president. On each occasion, it seemed that the bloodstained orgy was drawing to a close and that this sort of charade could not be played out forever right under the noses of the entire world without at least some account being taken of public opinion. But those responsible for these acts have not the slightest idea of what a society is (society as opposed to a nation), so they choose to disregard everything. the shameful principle that the end justifies the means, of which Stalin and his followers were never ashamed, is still, to this day, the principle being followed by their heirs.

The repeated and highly publicized announcements that progress was being made in the inquiries into the poisoning of Ivan Kivelidi and the mysterious death of Yuri Shchekochikhin were aimed at reassuring the public. a suspect had been arrested, and this unnamed celebrity was alleged to . . .

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.