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Format:
Book
Title:
A very expensive poison : the assassination of Alexander Litvinenko and Putin's war with the West
Other title(s):
Assassination of Alexander Litvinenko and Putin's war with the West
ISBN:
9781101973998
Publication:
New York : Vintage Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, 2017.
Physical Description:
454 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
General Note:
Includes index.

"A Vintage Books Original"--Title page verso.
Contents:
Prologue. The men from Moscow -- Mafia state -- Journalist, exile, campaigner, spy -- First deployment -- The German waiter -- Murder in Mayfair -- A bit of a puzzle -- Ruslan and Lyudmila -- An inspector calls -- Death of a oligarch -- Gelsemium elegans -- A small victorious war -- The inquiry -- Leviathan -- Blunt force -- The man who solved his own murder.
Summary:
On November 1, 2006, journalist and Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned in London. He died twenty-two days later. The cause of death? Polonium--a rare, lethal, and highly radioactive substance. Here Luke Harding unspools a real-life political assassination story--complete with KGB, CIA, MI6, and Russian mobsters. He shows how Litvinenko's murder foreshadowed the killings of other Kremlin critics, from Washington, DC, to Moscow, and how these are tied to Russia's current misadventures in Ukraine and Syria. In doing so, he becomes a target himself and unearths a chain of corruption and death leading straight to Vladimir Putin. From his investigations of the downing of flight MH17 to the Panama Papers, Harding sheds a terrifying light on Russia's fracturing relationship with the West.
Subject(s):
Dissenters -- Crimes against -- Russia (Federation)

Spies -- Russia (Federation) -- Biography.

Poisoning -- Political aspects -- Russia (Federation)

Political crimes and offenses -- Russia (Federation)

Murder -- Investigation -- England -- London -- History -- 21st century.

Intelligence officers -- Crimes against -- Russia (Federation)

Radiation victims -- Russia (Federation)

Russia (Federation) -- Politics and government -- 21st century.
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