With his dying words, poisoned spy Alexander Litvinenko named Putin as his killer

January 28, 2015 12:01 PM

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Russian “troublemakers” have a long history of getting killed creatively. Leon Trotsky got an ice pick to the skull in 1940. One dissident was killed with a poison-tipped umbrella. Another was hit by a missile. Two critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin took bullets to the head several years ago. And so, in November of 2006, as a Russian ex-spy poisoned with polonium lay on his deathbed, many thought it was clear what had happened.

The spy, who had fled Russia for London, dictated a widely trumpeted statement just before his death. He fingered Putin. “You may succeed in silencing me, but that silence comes at a price,” Alexander Litvinenko said. “… You may succeed in silencing one man but the howl of protest from around the wo...

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