In Memoriam Alexander Litvinenko

It started as a possible case of food poisoning but within weeks turned into a grim spectacle of enormous political proportions: Aleksander Litvinenko, former member of the Russian secret service, died in his place of residence London last November, after having been poisoned with a radioactive substance. The search for the possible perpetrators lead to a political difficult situation that reminded us of the dark days of the Cold War.

Three years ago Aleksander Litvinenko told his life story to documentary maker Jos De Putter. It is a wild tale full of conspiracies, assassination attempts and imputations. Litvinenko talks about his time with the secret service, about his experience in Chechnya, and in particular about the series of bomb attacks on Russian territory that led to the seizure of power by Vladimir Putin. According to Litvinenko those attacks were the work of the secret service.

After Litvinenko’s funeral in December 2006, Backlight spoke to Litvinenko’s widow. Marina Litvinenko is writing a book about her husband. The book will be published in May 2007 and the film rights have already been sold to Columbia Pictures. In this unique interview, she speaks about how they first met, how they fled to England and she speaks about Aleksander´s death agony.

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  • Samantha

    I’ve seen Poisoned By Polonium and still found this informative. He was an amazing man willing to single handedly stand up to the Russian wrong doings and he died for it. Sad, but inspirational. I wish there were more men like him.

    • fuckgreece

      He was a fucking spy feeding information to the Americans, Wtf was he standing up against his courty. Fucking russians willing to betray their on country just to go to america.

      • Someguy

        Hey Effgreece,

        You’re a waste of skin that should just do the world a favor and kill yourself.

      • Someguy

        Hey Effgreece,

        You’re a waste of skin that should just do the world a favor and kill yourself.

  • Alexander

    I am from Moscow, I have been a canadian citizen for a number of years. I have thought for a long time, even before watching this program, why is Putin being accepted as a leader in Russia? It reveals the type of people Russia has become because of greed,corruption, fear. I also believe it to be true that Putin is a child molester.

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  • Alex D.

    Why would any secret service kill somebody with a venom which can be found only in Russia? That makes no sence at all. Secret service kill people so it looks like an accident, no proofs and nobody knows who killed him or her. So the whole Litvinenko thing is more like a “we kill somebody and let it look like the russian leaders did it, like putin himself.” The fact that people believe in a story like this is a farce. That poor Litvinenko was used by somebody and didn’t even realize it.

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    Why would any secret service kill somebody with a venom which can be
    found only in Russia? That makes no sence at all. Secret service kill
    people so it looks like an accident, no proofs and nobody knows who
    killed him or her. So the whole Litvinenko thing is more like a “we kill
    somebody and let it look like the russian leaders did it, like putin
    himself.” The fact that people believe in a story like this is a farce. That poor Litvinenko was used by somebody and didn’t even realize it.

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