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4.0 out of 5 stars A must read
This book handles about a true story, the murder of Alexander Litvinenko. As an experienced BBC's Moscow correspondent, Martin Sixsmith tells his finding about the events leading to Litvinenko's murder. As with any true story that handles about the powers on the highest levels one will probably never fully uncover the complete truth. Nevertheless does Martin Sixsmith...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Litvinenko File
A decent book that follows the investigation quite closely and well researched. Interesting read but quite a sobering read in this era of espionage.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must read, 18 July 2007
This review is from: The Litvinenko File (Hardcover)
This book handles about a true story, the murder of Alexander Litvinenko. As an experienced BBC's Moscow correspondent, Martin Sixsmith tells his finding about the events leading to Litvinenko's murder. As with any true story that handles about the powers on the highest levels one will probably never fully uncover the complete truth. Nevertheless does Martin Sixsmith depicts an exciting and coherent story about the forces at play and the benefits to gain from Litvinenko's murder. He lays down in an orderly structured manner the findings of the different governmental bodies and often adds proper field research findings to it. He manages to paint a clear picture of the information which newspapers have randomly thrown at the public during the course of the event. As a sideline observer I have a feeling the author tried his utmost to stay unbiased (if there exists such thing) and viewed the events from different perspectives. From a BBC correspondent one would expect a newspaper, documentary or scholarly style story but it is not. I was pleasantly surprised with the unsophisticated language Sixsmith used and the read through was as easy as any good novel. His conclusions at the end may feel a bit disappointing but then again he may have left out harsh accusation to protect himself. Overall it is an exciting grasping book, well written and reading time well spent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great insight to Russia's underworld, 24 Nov 2008
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Ian R. West "deadwest" (Camberley, UK) - See all my reviews
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I was unable to put this book down as it reads like a real-life thriller. Gripping and informative stuff. Sixmith also give first-hand research into the Russian government's dark secrets.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well researched and written., 11 Mar 2014
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Martin Sixsmith has written this book based on a deep understanding of Russia, its politics and its people. It is frightening when you realise that modern day Russia is a leopard that has not changed its spots, and one wonders where it is going in the near future. The book fows well and I was riveted by the convoluted trail leading to Litvinenko's murder.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No conclusion, 2 Mar 2014
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Enjoyed this book which really left lots of questions unanswered. Author did a great job at trying to uncover the murderer but he was obstructed by authority. Very good read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Litvinenko File, 22 Mar 2013
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A decent book that follows the investigation quite closely and well researched. Interesting read but quite a sobering read in this era of espionage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Expertly written, 10 Dec 2012
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Mr. Raymond P. James "Mondo" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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Very enjoyable and detailed book - expertly written. Accurate in every detail but with far more background than just a report of events. A most enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Litvinenko File, 7 Mar 2012
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Mrs. Rylla Dragan "Rylla Dragan" (Aberdeen, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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It is a rather interesting read from Martin Sixsmith. In fact, I enjoyed this book more than his written account of the imprisonment of Kodorkovsky in "Putin's Oil". This book is about the assassination of an unfortunate individual. Sixsmith tries very hard not to take sides, and presents the facts which preceded by thorough research. The way Litvinenko was murdered is heart-rending. None of us deserve to die in escrutiating pain and unbearable suffering that he had to endure. Whether he was guilty of the crimes he was accused of or not, it was a barbaric act and unacceptable in a civilized society. The short chapters in the book were ideal for busy, working readers for a quick lunchtime read. It is definitely recommended for those who are at all interested in how Russians conduct business and at times revenge on their fellow citizens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one that should DEFINATELY be read!!!, 13 May 2011
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an absolute brilliant read, i read through this book with ease the writer writes in a great style, each chapter more brilliant than the last.
it is a great investigation of the whole saga and the writer combs through all relevant files and information with who could have poisoned litvienko.
would highly recomend this book to anyone even slightly interested in the litvienko affair or with Russias war with itself, i will definately be investing in more books on the politics and corruption within Russia.
great read...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Read, 3 Dec 2010
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I found Sixsmith's book a gripping read and consider that the research he undertook has made this book such a good read. Particulary enjoyed the chapters dealing with his visits to Russia to further his research and also his opening chapters. In addition, the relatively short chapters made the book accessible and helped to keep the story flowing. This is the second Sixsmith book I have read and looking forward to his next.
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4.0 out of 5 stars On The Trail of the Lonesome Beriozka, 12 Aug 2010
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I enjoyed this book, though it does not contain the detail of some of the other attempts to penetrate this mysterious series of events, during which Litvinenko was poisoned and murdered by the use of radioactive polonium. I myself have reviewed, on Amazon, two of the other books on this subject.

The book is written in a snappy, journalistic style by Martin Sixsmith, a former BBC journalist and, I seem to recall, presenter (on BBC TV News), who later became chief of information (or should that be propaganda?) for Tony Blair's (to my mind) disastrous and repressive government. Sixsmith eventually fell foul of the unscrupulous spin-doctor cabal informally headed by the ghastly Alastair Campbell and resigned from that job.

Compared to the other books on the subject, this work steers clear of long excusions into the details of the large-scale thefts ("privatizatsiya") committed by the "Russian" Jewish kleptocracy (usually known as "the oligarchs": inter alia, Berezovsky, Khodorkovsky, Abramovitch et al), which crawled out from under their collective stone during the rule of Yeltsin, to scam their way into the theft of russian extractive and productive industry. The book concentrates on the biggest beast in that pack, Berezovsky and is less than complimenntary towards him, describing how, when seen at Litvinenko's funeral, "the daylight seemed to diminish him", as compared to his normal indoor haunts, under low or flourescent lighting, surrounded by his bodyguards and office flunkeys. One was irresistibly reminded of Hitler's comment about how, when some underhand scandal or financial fraud or double-dealing was exposed, the Jew would emerge, blinking in the sudden and unexpected light...

The book does fail to come to more than a tentative conclusion, the same one the other books mostly do, i.e. that Litvinenko was not killed on the direct orders of Vladimir Putin or even as part of an official FSB (Russian security) operation, but by FSB or recently ex-FSB personnel with the Kremlin turning a Nelsonian eye either before and during, or more likely, post-factum..

A good read.
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