Spooked by spooks

The Kremlin will draw the wrong conclusions from the news that Aleksandr Litvinenko was a British and Spanish spy.

Aleksandr Litvinenko, the Russian émigré murdered in 2007, was working for Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service (usually known by its nickname, MI6). The news – which came out at a preliminary hearing in London before a full inquest in May – will confirm the Kremlin’s world-view: that the Russian ‘opposition’ is a fraud, concocted by foreign spies and political losers to pursue regime change under the guise of human-rights and anti-corruption campaigns. Official Russian media have just alleged that opposition activists visited Lithuania for training by sinister Georgians. The aim: violence on the streets.

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