Dec 27 2006
Saldy folks I ended up with a terrible Christmas cold which is making me miserable. So the posting is light (and light headed). The news out today is that the Russians are looking at how another exiled Oligarch, Leonid Nevzlin, may have played a role in the Litvinenko incident:
“A version is being looked at that those who ordered these crimes could be the same people who are on an international wanted list for serious and very serious crimes, one of whom is … Leonid Nevzlin,” Russia’s prosecutor-general’s office said in a statement posted on its Web site www.genproc.gov.ru.
Not being a fan of any scenario where Polonium 210 is used for an assassination, I am warming to the idea that Litvinenko was assassinated by poisoning, which possible exposed a Polonium smuggling ring. But I still think all of this is the accidental exposure of a smuggling ring, with assassination as low probability possibility as a marginal issue. What struck my curiousity (and hopefully my readers with a few more neurons firing than I have going at the moment will delve into) is this new Mercury evidence:
The prosecutor general’s office said traces of evaporated mercury had been found in cars, flats, cottages and offices in both Moscow and London. It did not say who owned or used the properties.
Significant amounts of polonium 210 were found in Litvinenko’s body after his death, but it was unclear what role mercury could have played.