Spooked by spooks
The Kremlin will draw the wrong conclusions from the news that Aleksandr Litvinenko was a British and Spanish spy.
Appeared in print on 20.12.2012
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.