Sometimes the simplest explanations are the most truthful.
Since the poisoning murder of former Russian intelligence officer, Alexander Litvinenko, all sorts of allegations have emerged.
Litvinenko has been accused of planning to blackmail senior Russian figures and plotting to smuggle nuclear materials to chechen terrorists.
Several possible murderers have been suggested, ranging from the Russian Mafia, disgruntled business colleagues, “rogue” elements in Russian Intelligence and Chechen refugees.
Me, I stick to the simple theory.
That is, Litvinenko was highly embarrassing to the Russian government and Putin, so they had him killed.
In his 2002 book “Blowing Up Russia” Litvinenko accused Russian Intelligence of bombing Moscow apartments, killing 300 people, and blaming Chechen rebels, in order to justify the second Russian invasion of Chechniya.
Litvnenko has also accused Italian Prime Minister, Romano Prodi, of being a Soviet agent.
Perhaps most seriously of all though, from Russia’s point of view were Litvinenko’s accusations of Russian backing for Al Qaeda and terrorism in general.
US commentator Jeff Nyquist has taken a close interest in Litvinenko’s claims.
According to a 2005 column by JR Nyquist;
Last month a journalist friend in Poland sent me a translation of an interview with FSB [KGB] defector Alexander Litvinenko. The following testimony, offered by Litvinenko, was published by FAKT.
Alexander Valterovich Litvinenko (b. Voreonezh, 1962) served in the counterintelligence agencies of the Soviet KGB, and after 1991, as a counter-terrorism expert in the Central Staff of the MB-FSK-FSB (KGB successor organizations).
In 1997 Litvinenko served in one of the most secretive departments of the Russian KGB — the Department for the Analysis of Criminal Organizations. He was a senior operations officer and deputy head of the Seventh Section. Litvinenko defected from Russia and was granted political asylum by the United Kingdom in May 2001.
In a July 2002 article titled Ayman al-Zawahiri’s Russian Adventure, I offered the following analysis: “Given Zawahiri’s travels to Russia and China, given the full context of Russia’s double game in Chechnya, we ought to entertain the possibility that China and Russia secretly supported the terrorists who attacked America on 9/11.”
Poland’s FAKT contacted Litvinenko after the London bombings last month and the following conversation was reported:
FAKT: Alexander, who, in your opinion, is the originator of this [London] terrorist attack?
A. Litvinenko: You know, I have spoken about it earlier and I shall say now, that I know only one organization that has made terrorism the main tool of solving political problems. It is the Russian special services. The KGB was engaged in terrorism for many years, and mass terrorism. At the special department of the KGB they trained terrorists from practically every country in the world. These courses lasted, as a rule, for a half-year. Specially trained and prepared agents of the KGB organized murders and explosions, including explosions of tankers, the hijacking of passenger airliners, strikes on diplomatic, state and commercial organizations worldwide.
FAKT: Could you name … some of the terrorists prepared at the “special courses” of the KGB-FSB?
A. Litvinenko: The bloodiest terrorists in the world were or are agents of the KGB-FSB. These are well-known, like Carlos Ilyich Ramiros, nicknamed “the Jackal,” the late Yassir Arafat, Saddam Hussein, Adjalan (he is condemned in Turkey), Wadi Haddad, the head of the service of external operations of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Hauyi, the head of the communist party of Lebanon, Mr. Papaionnu from the Cyprus, Sean Garland from Ireland and many others. All of them were trained by the KGB, received money from there, weapons and explosives, counterfeit documents and a communication equipment for carrying out of acts of terrorism worldwide.
FAKT: Some may object that each of the listed figures, and the forces supporting them, were engaged in solving their own political problems.
A. Litvinenko: Certainly, all these figures and movements operated under their own slogans; however, none of them especially hid their “intimate” … relationship with the Kremlin and Lubyanka. There is a simple question: whether the Russian special services would train and finance people and groups that were not supervised by Lubyanka and did not serve the interests of the Kremlin?
You understand perfectly, they would not. Each act of terrorism made by these people was carried out as an assignment and under the rigid control of the KGB of the USSR. And [the terrorism] … is not casual after the disintegration of the USSR and [reform of the KGB]….
FAKT: Every terrorist you have named is from ‘the old staff’ of the KGB. Could you name someone from recent history?
A. Litvinenko: Certainly, here it is. The number two person in the terrorist organization al Qaeda, who they are crediting with the series of explosions in London, Ayman al-Zawahiri, is an old agent of the FSB. Being sentenced to death in Egypt for terrorism and hunted by Interpol, Ayman al-Zawahiri, in 1998, was in the territory of Dagestan, where for half a year he received special training at one of the educational bases of the FSB.
After this training he was transferred to Afghanistan, where he had never been before and where, following the recommendation of his Lubyanka chiefs, he at once … penetrated the milieu of bin Laden and soon became his assistant in al Qaeda.
FAKT: Could you hint at least, where this data comes from?
A. Litvinenko: I can. During my service in one of the most secret departments of the FSB, top officials from the UFSB of Dagestan, who had directly worked with Ayman al-Zawahiri … were called to Moscow and received high posts.
FAKT: What can you say concerning the acts of terrorism in London ? From what region and with what forces was this strike directed?
A. Litvinenko: In reply to this question I can definitely say that the center of global terrorism is not in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan or the Chechen Republic. The terrorist infection is spread worldwide from Lubyanka Square and the Kremlin cabinet. And until the Russian special services are outlawed, dispersed and condemned, the terrorism will never stop: bombs will blow up and blood will be shed.
Terrorism has no expiration date…. I would like to repeat, that all the terrorists, whom I have named, were supported by the heads of the Soviet and Russian special services – Yuri Andropov, Vladimir Putin, Nikolay Patrushev and others. These people are the main terrorists…. And until we condemn them … global terrorism will continue.
If you were a former leader of the KGB/FSB like Putin, would you be a little bit upset with Litvinenko?
If you were covertly orchestrating terror against the West, while at the same time professing friendship and grubbing for credits and technology, would you want Litvinenko stopped?
I may be completely wrong here, but the three most important factors in solving a mysterious crime are MOTIVE, MOTIVE and MOTIVE.