Monday, November 20, 2006
As Viktor Yushchenko of the Ukraine learned it is poisionious to be on Putins bad side.
A former agent in the Russian successor to the KGB who was apparently poisoned by a toxic chemical while dining with a contact in London is in a "serious but stable" condition, University College Hospital said Monday.
Alexander Litvinenko, 43, a former lieutenant-colonel in Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) who defected to Britain six years ago, fell ill on November 1 after a meeting at a London sushi bar.
A clinical toxicologist, John Henry, has said Litvinenko had been poisoned with a potentially lethal dose of the metal thallium.
Litvinenko's friend Alex Goldfarb, who has been visiting him in hospital, said doctors told him he had a 50/50 chance of surviving the next three to four weeks.
Litvinenko, who is under armed guard in hospital, looked "like a ghost," Goldfarb reported.
The Times of London said Monday that the affair could plunge Britain into its "worst crisis with Russia" since President Vladimir Putin came to power.
Litvinenko had been investigating the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, an outspoken critic of Mr Putin and Russian policy in Chechnya, who was shot dead in her Moscow apartment building last month.
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