Sunday, 14 February 2016

Watson: “But why would Russia want him dead, six years after he fled to the UK? Well, evidence heard at the public inquiry, and conversations with confidential sources, make it clear, he developed some very powerful enemies. As far as the Russian state was concerned, Alexander Litvinenko was an agent who’d gone ‘rogue’. At this press conference in Moscow,

[archive footage from 1998]

...he accused the Russian security forces of corruption, and of murdering their opponents.”

At this point in the report there is obvious, almost comically fake footage of Litvinenko’s face used for target practice, apparently by Russian ‘special forces’; accepted uncritically as authentic by both Watson and Owen (see Part 4.17). Not only was such footage extremely easy to manufacture artificially (and both Marina Litvinenko and Anatoly, Alexander’s son, should be reassured that manufactured artificially it most certainly was) – but cursory examination reveals that filming it authentically would at the very least have put a camera in jeopardy. One can see the trainee commandos move into position, but there are no cameras behind them as they take aim. Therefore, in order to get the footage one sees, of bullets hitting the target, the camera would have to have been positioned more or less in the line of fire, in front of the marksmen.

He became an ‘enemy of the state’. He spent almost a year in prison, and on his release his friend Yuri Felshtinsky asked a former KGB general, if he’d be safe.

Yuri Felshtinsky: “He told me that Litvinenko committed treason, and in his organisation this treason is punishable by death. And there is no way Litvinenko is going to be pardoned. There is no way the crime Litvinenko committed is going to be forgiven, and that if he ever would see Mr Litvinenko himself personally, if he ever meets him in a dark corner, he would kill him with his own hands.”

Watson: “He fled with his family to the UK, and set himself up as a security consultant, operating in the sometimes murky world of Mayfair companies wanting to invest in Russia.

At approximately this point in the narrative, Richard Watson’s corresponding BBC article does contain a mention of the disgraced oligarch Boris Berezovsky:

“He did paid security work for the millionaire Boris Berezovsky, who was also a fierce critic of Vladimir Putin.”

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