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Death of a Dissident: The Poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko and the Return of the KGB [Hardcover]

Alex Goldfarb , Marina Litvinenko
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4 Jun 2007
The first reports seemed absurd, almost surreal. A Russian dissident, formerly an employee of the KGB and its successor, the FSB, had seemingly been poisoned in a London sushi bar. As Alexander Litvinenko's condition worsened, however, and he was transferred to hospital and placed under armed guard, the story took a sinister turn. On 23 November 2006, Litvinenko died, apparently from polonium-210 radiation poisoning. He himself, in a dramatic statement from his deathbed, accused his former employers at the Kremlin of being responsible for his murder. Who was Alexander Litvinenko? What had happened in Russia since the end of the Cold War to make his life there untenable, and even in severe jeopardy in Britain, the country that had granted him asylum? And how did he really die? The hall of mirrors that this extraordinary case opens up threatens to overwhelm rational explanation. But in his spokesman and close friend, Alex Goldfarb, and widow Marina, we have two people who know more than anyone about the real Sasha Litvinenko, and about his murder. Their riveting book sheds astonishing light not just on these strange and troubling events but also on the biggest crisis in relations with Russia since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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  • Hardcover: 377 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st edition (4 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847370810
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847370815
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Pulonium 210 is a terrible way to die 3 May 2013
By humanitysdarkerside VINE VOICE
Death by pulonium-210. Pulonium in the blood is not a pleasant way to go. But then I guess quite a few ways of dying are rather unpleasant. What makes it a sensational death is that Litvinenko was poisoned and quite a few people suspect that it is a political death - like the death of Anna Politkovskaya.

So who was Alexander Litvinenko? Why was it necessary to kill him?

Some of "Death of a Dissident" is bleak reading. Unsurprising but bleak. The lengths to which some people will go to gain and retain power is frightening. It seems there is always someone who is willing to give up their integrity for gain.

Warning right away. As you read "Death of a Dissident" you might keep in mind that one of the writers of the book was Alex Goldfarb. Goldfarb was/is employed by Boris Berezovsky. Goldfarb admits to this relationship at the beginning of the book. Whether it is possible to trust all of the information in Death of a Dissident is something worth asking oneself.

In 2000 Litvinenko decided that it was time that he and Marina ran from it before he was arrested once more. After the claims against the FSB leadership, it had become unsafe for him to stay in Russia. With the help of Boris Berezovsky and Alex Goldfarb they left and finally arrived in the UK.

During their drive across Turkey, Alex Goldfarb felt he got to know Sasja. His life had not been a dance on roses and Sasja felt that Marina was the one who ultimately saved him.

Alexander Valterovich Litvinenko was born in 1962 (so a year younger than my brother) in Russia. His route of service went from the Internal Troops of the Minstry of Internal Affairs to the Dzerzhinsky Division of the Soviet Minstry of Internal Affairs. From there he entered the KGB and finally the FSB.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Well Written 19 Mar 2013
By ernest skinner - Published on Amazon.com
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very well written...a little hard to follow with the extensive players having Russian names...lol...but it was easy to look at the front for the list of characters....I would highly recommend this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling read 6 Jun 2013
By Brit Mountain Artist - Published on Amazon.com
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Having watched a documentary on Sacha Litvinenko I felt the need to learn more about his life. This book gives you a rare insiders view of Russia which is crucial to understanding his life story and the actions he took. This book is a compelling read for those wanting to know more about the events which lead up to that fatal day. It a bit like The Titanic we all know the ending but the story lies somewhere in between.
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