News Litvinenko- why polonium

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I was wondering why is it that the late Alexander Litvinenko was posioned by polonium of all substances. i mean why couldn't the assassins have used other poisons. surely they knew that usage of polonium would be extremely controversial and get highly publicised
just wondering.....
 

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Perhaps that was exactly the point.
 
but why would the russians want a whole lot of attention over a MURDER of a HIGH PROFILE EX RUSSIAN SPY. isn't it rather silly, especially considering the fact that Liitvinenko hated Putin and that if his death is publicised too much, that can raise lots of questions about the cause......
 

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but why would the russians want a whole lot of attention over a MURDER of a HIGH PROFILE EX RUSSIAN SPY. isn't it rather silly, especially considering the fact that Liitvinenko hated Putin and that if his death is publicised too much, that can raise lots of questions about the cause......
Message to others: see what happens to you, no matter where, if you work on my nerves ?
 

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but why would the russians want a whole lot of attention over a MURDER of a HIGH PROFILE EX RUSSIAN SPY.
Because he was a high profile ex russian spy.
...isn't it rather silly, especially considering the fact that Liitvinenko hated Putin and that if his death is publicised too much, that can raise lots of questions about the cause......
What questions? The point of using polonium was to make sure it was crystal clear as to how he died, who killed him, and why.
 
Ok. can someone first tell me if the russians want his death publicised or not and why. I set up this thread thinking that they did not want it publicised too much
 

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The message is not to cross the Russian secret service.
 

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Ok. can someone first tell me if the russians want his death publicised or not and why. I set up this thread thinking that they did not want it publicised too much
The publicity had little real effect on Russia. On the other hand, everyone knows that if you go turncoat like Litvinenko, you're gonna bite the dust. Problem solved, message delivered to future problems, and no real repurcussions.

I still think Britain should have assassinated someone in Russia in retaliaition. Just for lulz
 

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