Dec 30 2006
One of the unexplained aspects of the Litvinenko case is the complete brain wash of the media. I know a lot of people still live in the era of the Soviet Union, but the obvious and open PR campaign that surrounded Litvinenko’s last days was clearly a sign that something other than a pending death was in the mix. No one calls in a PR firm and a mouthpiece simply because their friend is dying. Not when the entire UK is predisposed to buy the Putin-ordered assassination angle. But what is coming clear is Berezovsky had ‘infiltrated’ the good graces of many in the West, and had allies everywhere. His asylum in the UK is evidence of that. And the role his people had in Italy, the US and Russia also indicate he knew how to gain the trust of people. That’s how you pilfer a nation’s treasures and pretend it is the government (aka “the people”) who are the crooks.
I was reading a supposed response to all the latest news from Berezovsky, and the scoop is with a very surprising outlet – a blog-news media outlet:
FreeMediaOnline.org Free Media Online, Dublin, CA, December 29, 2006 â€” In an interview aired Friday by the Voice of America (VOA) Russian Service, exiled Russian businessman and President Putinâ€™s critic Boris Berezovsky dismissed the latest accusations by Moscow in the Litvinenko poisoning case as moving beyond absurd into the realm of science fiction.
In the Voice of America interview, Mr. Berezovsky said that the US government would not have allowed Mr. Nevzlin into the country if Washington gave the slightest credence to Moscowâ€™s accusations. â€œI know him personally, and these accusations have absolutely no basis in fact,â€ Mr. Berezovsky told VOA. While he was living in Russia, Mr. Berezovsky was an owner and supporter of liberal media.
I initially dismissed this as useless article because it doesn’t say anything more than this regarding Berezovsky’s interview. Nothing of any import at all. Berezovsky thinks the idea he is a suspect is ludicrous – hold the presses! But then I noticed that last sentence: “While he was living in Russia, Mr. Berezovsky was an owner and supporter of liberal media”. And it became clear I was missing something – the PR empire.
Someone like Berezovsky uses the media to his advantage. And he can do it by simply showing an interest and passing information now and then. I would wager the man is a media darling (as well as an intelligence darling). He could be another charlatan like Chalabi was with Iraq.
I wanted to know more about this Blogger News Media, and found this author for this piece actually works for a start up run by journalists with a decidedly leftward bent – politically. Here is the cast of characters from Free Media Online, and here is the extensive bio of the writer of this piece (and another one I will get to in a moment). The man is a Voice of America refugee, and well known haven of liberal editorials. And he has run around with the opposition of the USSR for years. He fits in nicely with the Berezovsky crowd. Surprisingly there is no article out yet on this ground breaking interview at VOA. I am going to inquire as to whether a transcript or recording is available. But this ‘article’ and its source tells me the media are probably allies of Berezovsky – not just sympathetic reporters.
And our intrepid author was able to get another scoop – with Litvinenko’s Chechen leader-in-exile friend Akhmed Zakayev:
FreeMediaOnline.org, Free Media Online, Dec. 29, 2006 â€” Vanessa Redgrave and Akhmed ZakayevExiled Chechen emissary Akhmed Zakayev revealed that although dissident Russian ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko had converted to Islam on his deathbed, he had been considering such a move for a long time. Mr. Zakayev said that Mr. Litvinenko grew up in the North Caucasus among Muslims and was always interested in their religion. According to Mr. Zakayev, Mr. Litvineko was ashamed of Russiaâ€™s actions in the Chechen war and this also influenced his conversion. Mr. Zakayev said that Mr. Litvinenko wanted to show that not all Russians behave the same way as those responsible for atrocities in Chechnya.
Sounds like this was more than a passing fancy – it sounds like Litvinenko had joined the cause. Do not forget that Litvinenko was hailed as a martyr by the Chechen immediately after his death (as if they were in close touch with the events of his last days).
â€œThe president and the government of Ichkeria (the rebel name for Chechnya) plans to bestow the stateâ€™s highest decoration to compensate the actions of Alexander Litvinenko on behalf of the Chechen people,â€ said a rebel statement dated Saturday and published the following day on the chechenpress.info website.
And this came from the very top of the Chechen resistance and it was the highest recognition possible. As if the man had died in battle agains the enemy. Which is probably true. It is clear to me that Litvinenko and Berezovsky were welcomed inside the radical left. Berezovsky probably recruited these people because of their willingness to take down the evil West. And it is possible intelligence efforts are tied up in this as well, since VOA has that angle to it as well.
As for the investigation, Scotland Yard seems to be working off the list of people Russia thinks should be queried – and they started with another associate of Litvinenko and Berezovsky – Limarev:
BRITISH cops probing the poisoning of Russian ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko have quizzed a former KGB man living in France, it emerged yesterday.
Defector Evgeny Limarev was questioned for four hours after Scotland Yard officers secretly flew out to meet him in the Alps.
Limarev was drawn into the tangled international inquiry after sending an email to Italian professor Mario Scaramella, warning that the academic and Litvinenko were both targets on a Kremlin hit list.
I find it interesting Limarev is under serious French protection. Limarev had information that Litvinenko had a falling out with Berezovsky and he was in danger. That would seem to indicate Limarev feared powerful Oligarchs, like the ones who seemed to have chased him out of Russia seven years ago. It may be he is worried, considering who called to check up on him:
Limarev added that he was called by Alex Goldfarb, who has acted as a spokesman for Litvinenko’s family during the affair, last Sunday when his picture appeared in The Mail on Sunday over revelations about the mysterious robbery in Rome.
Limarev said that Mr Goldfarb told him: ‘Welcome to the club,’ – the ‘club’ being the small group of Russians involved in the drama.
I find it telling the first stop for investigators was Limarev, who has ties to Litvinenko, Berezovsky, Scaramella and Goldfarb. I wonder when Alex will be coming out again with his next media statement?