The Litvinenko Inquiry has found that Putin “probably” authorised the murder of the Russian fugitive on British soil. Why did he do it? The report says one motive could have been an extraordinary article Alexander Litvinenko wrote in July 2006 for the Chechenpress website, accusing Putin of being a paedophile. Here is the article:
“A few days ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin walked from the Big Kremlin Palace to his Residence. At one of the Kremlin squares, the president stopped to chat with the tourists. Among them was a boy aged 4 or 5.
‘What is your name?’ Putin asked.
‘Nikita,’ the boy replied.
Putin knee[le]d, lifted the boy’s T-shirt and kissed his stomach.
The world public is shocked. Nobody can understand why the Russian president did such a strange thing as kissing the stomach of an unfamiliar small boy.
The explanation may be found if we look carefully at the so-called ‘blank spots’ in Putin’s biography.
After graduating from the Andropov Institute, which prepares officers for the KGB intelligence service, Putin was not accepted into the foreign intelligence. Instead, he was sent to a junior position in KGB Leningrad Directorate. This was a very unusual twist for a career of an Andropov Institute’s graduate with fluent German. Why did that happen with Putin?
Because, shortly before his graduation, his bosses learned that Putin was a pedophile [sic]. So say some people who knew Putin as a student at the Institute.
The Institute officials feared to report this to their own superiors, which would cause an unpleasant investigation. They decided it was easier just to avoid sending Putin abroad under some pretext. Such a solution is not unusual for the secret services. Many years later, when Putin became the FSB director and was preparing for the presidency, he began to seek and destroy any compromising materials collected against him by the secret services over earlier years. It was not difficult, provided he himself was the FSB director. Among other things, Putin found videotapes in the FSB Internal Security directorate, which showed him making sex with some underage boys.
Interestingly, the video was recorded in the same conspiratorial flat in Polyanka Street in Moscow where Russian Prosecutor-General Yuri Skuratov was secretly video-taped with two prostitutes. Later, in the famous scandal, Putin… blackmailed Skuratov with these tapes and tried to persuade the Prosecutor-General to resign. In that conversation, Putin mentioned to Skuratov that he himself was also secretly video-taped making sex at the same bed. (But of course, he did not tell it was pedophilia [sic] rather than normal sex.) Later, Skuratov wrote about this in his book Variant Drakona (pp.153-154).”
“I am no defender whatsoever of Putin or Russian foreign policy any more than I defend the west’s foreign policy but I do feel nervous about [NATO] expansion eastward”
Ah, that old classic: “I don’t support Putin, but…”
Who does he blame for the Ukraine crisis?
“I think Nato is a cold war product, I think Nato historically should have shut up shop in 1990 along with the Warsaw Pact; unfortunately it didn’t. It now seems to have given itself . . . a global role and now is very busy expanding eastward… I think the important thing is that there be a better-developed relationship with Russia and [efforts to] demilitarise on both sides of the border [with Ukraine] . . . The onus is on both sides to make that happen.”
Back before the election Farage was torn a new one by Labour’s shadow Europe minister Pat McFadden over his stance on Putin. At the time McFadden also warned:
“the political forces President Putin admires are those… of the populist left”
He’ll be first up against the wall when Corbyn’s shadow cabinet reshuffle comes…
Not putin’ up with these rumours any more…
With the video feed on a five minute delay for security reasons and evidence relating to Russian state responsibility heard in private, the Litvinenko inquiry began today. His lawyer, Ben Emmerson QC, accused the Kremlin of committing “the calculated pre-planned murder of a British subject on the streets of our capital city by agents of a foreign government”, claiming “the trail of polonium traces leads not just from London to Moscow but directly to the door of Vladimir Putin’s office”. He says Putin is “a common criminal dressed up as a head of state”.
The inquiry was told the evidence will show MI6 informant Litvinenko was poisoned twice, famously at a hotel bar and also in an office two weeks earlier, where suspects Andrey Lugovoi – now a Russian politician – and Dmitry Kovtun had been present. Lugovoi and Kovtun, charged with Litvinenko’s murder in absentia, have been invited to appear by video link. It is alleged radiation was found in places visited by Lugovoi and Kovtun in London, including on the aeroplanes they had travelled in, cars, restaurants, hotels and Arsenal football club’s Emirates stadium.
Before he died, Litvinenko claimed:
“I know that this order about such a killing of a citizen of another country on its territory, especially if it is something to do with Great Britain, could have been given only by one person. That person is the president of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin.”
The inquiry continues…
You want to see Putin singing “Strawberry Hill” to a bunch of stupid Hollywood liberals?
Where’s Team America when you need them?