The murder of the late Alexander Litvinenko can be traced to the doorstep of Vladimir Putin, the invader of Ukraine and murderer of many defenseless Ukrainians, according to an opinion article in the Feb. 24 edition of the Wall Street Journal. Although there is strong evidence to indicate Putin was the architect of the murder of Litvinenko in England way back in November of 2006 the British were too intimindated to ever launch a serious investigation. Although that ancient murder case has been forgotten by many, Putin’s ruthless decision to dismember an independent nation…Ukraine….recently has brought the unsolved and uninvestigated case to the minds of many including a friend who asked I write an article addressing the subject.
Litvinenko was a one-time KGB agent who defected to Britain after accusing his former bosses of of organizing the 1999 bombings of Russian apartment buildings which resulted in the deaths of 293 innocent dwellers as a pretext to re-start its war with Chechnya and bring Putin to power in November of 2006. Coincidentally, Litvinenko ingested a fatal dose of polonium-210 about that time while in the supposedly safe haven of Great Britain. He lingered on this earth for three painful weeks. During that time, he pointed an accusing finger from his hopital bed at Putin as the man who ordered his murder.
England did conduct an investigation at the time…..sort of. The investigation was able to trace a path of radioactive material along a path which one Andrei Lugovoi traversed. Lugovoi, as it turns out, was a former KGB bodyguard who had met with Litvinenko on the same day he was poisoned. Putin’s henchman had stayed in several hotels in London, ate at a restaurant and sat on plane seats during his assassination sojourn to England. Traces of the deadly pulonium were detected in all the hotels, at the restuarant and the plane seats connected to Putin’s hired killer.
The Crown Prosecution Services (CPS) issued a requet for Lugovoi to return to England in order to co-operate with the investigation. Putin of course refused that request. Part of his reward for carrying out the very painful and prolonged murder of Litvinenko was “election” to the Russian Duma later that same year. As a result he was wrapped in the cloak of parliamentary immunity.
The brash Lugovi bragged to a newspaper that anyone interfering with Russian interests should be “exterminated”.
These facts are no sudden new revelation. Everyone who reads a newspaper or watches the news remembers when this murder occurred and who was behind it. Neither Lugovi nor Putin have been brought to justice, nor will they ever be, unless somebody grows a backbone somewhere.
The investigation into the assassination of Litvinenko, who was a British subject, has died.
Is there nobody on the face of the globe who will stand up to Putin?
In the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, the United Kingdom agreed to guarantee the territorial integrity of Ukraine. That has not happened. The United States has refused to even pass a bill which would provide arms to the Ukrainians to defend themselves against this latest series of massacres.
Mac Thornberry, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, at least tried to push a bill through Congress to fund arms to the Ukrainians. It is to the credit of the Congressman representing Amarillo and Wichita Falls, Texas, that he had the insight and courage to stand up to Putin. He was defeated by opposition which evidently had the attitude of why even bother? The Ukraine can’t defeat Russian military might.
One good sign recently was that Britain has finally agreed to another inquiry into Litvinenko’s death to proceed. Unfortunately, the “inquiry” will not result in any extraditions or prison sentences for the culprits responsible for the victim’s slow death.
It is time world leaders wake up and at least confront Putin. This passivity in the face of people like Stalin and now Putin only encourages them to commit further outrages.
Hopefully, at some point other leaders in the West will join with Thornberry to defend democratic interests against Putin’s brazen aggression. And the British legal system needs to wake up and bring Putin to justice.
Other members of Congress need to wake up and aid Thornberry in his quest to stop Russian aggression. People who do nothing may find out the truth of an old saying from pre-World War II Germany which basically says, “Today they come for somebody else. Tomorrow they will come for you.”
Tomorrow may be here sooner for the United States and Britain than most people in the West realize.
Thanks to my friend for handing me a copy of the Wall Street Journal which contained the excellent article to which I referred in this story.