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NEWSLETTER NO 154

Sunday 24 January 2016

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Highlighting news stories important to the Civic Republican view,
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JUSTICE

  • UK Kangaroo Court Report Accuses Foreign President of Murder

Peter Kellow, DRP Leader, writes
Courtesy Sky TV News

Not for the first time I feel ashamed of my country.

The Litvinenko Inquiry (The Litvinenko Inquiry Report into the death of Alexander Litvinenko Chairman: Sir Robert Owen. January 2016) and its acceptance by the media, the politicians and, I am afraid to say a large percentage of the British people, drags the image of Great Britain down into the gutter. There are, it is true, a few stories being published that cast doubt on the integrity of the report’s conclusions. It could hardly be otherwise. People are not that stupid.

Russia has had the good grace to treat it as a joke. But it is not a joke. It is a scurrilous attempt to heighten east west tension and to humiliate a world class leader who, whilst not perfect, has pulled his country out of the depths it fell into when lead by a western approved drunk (Boris Yelstin) who allowed a small coterie of old party apparatchiks to fleece the wealth of Russia. A huge amount of the wealth came to the den of thievery and corruption we call the City of London, where its no-questions-asked policy created the perfect refuge for the stolen billions.

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And Putin is popular, not only in his own country, but, as polls confirm, popular in Britain and in the USA, where a lot of people would actually prefer to have him as leader as opposed to the present shower. This gives added impetus to the effort to rubbish him and cast him as a criminal and a murderer.


The Owen Report is a kangaroo court, mostly conducted in privacy and where the main people accused where not called as witnesses. The accusations are hedged around with frequent use of the word "probably" but that is just a legalistic get out to avoid the British government being taken to court by Russia for libel.

Why has not due process been applied to the case of the death of Litvinenko? I don’t say murder, because that is a crime that has to be proved in a court of law. A death in suspicious circumstances like this is a matter for the police and maybe MI5. It works like this, in case we have forgotten.

The police approach the Director of Public Prosecutions with an accusation of a crime being committed by an individual and then it is for the DPP to decide whether to take the matter to a criminal trial in court. If there is not a sufficiently good case against the accused nothing further happens.

But now, it seems, we have invented a new process of law on the hoof. The government, off its own bat, decides to hold an enquiry into the death. But more than that, it allows the enquiry to come to conclusions about culpability. This would not have happened if the accused has been resident in this country.

So built into the "Inquiry" is the assumption that the guilty live abroad. The "conclusion" is thus flagged up at the outset.

There is no reason why a normal procedure should happen if they reside abroad. It is perfectly possible to have a trial without the accused being present. If found guilty then extradition orders may apply. But in any case the matter of guilt or not is decided under the law of the land.

Of course, the British criminal justice system has a habit of finding innocent people guilty and effectively denies most cases right of appeal. But failure of the system to dispense justice does not affect the argument that legal procedure is the only way to find someone guilty.


The intention of the Owen kangaroo report has been clear from the start. To deflect attention away from the guilty and create an international incident with Russia. Who are the guilty? Below is a report by a journalist which rings true in most ways. I cannot comment on the details, but this much I know, viz.

The British government has, since the collapse of the Soviet Union, provided a safe haven for escaped Russian thieves and their billions. This is the way the City of London operates and many third world dictators and drug barons are grateful for their warm welcome and similar treatment.

These Russian gangsters have a habit of settling scores between themselves on British soil. The police are often completely out of their depth in investigating these cases and in any case are advised to turn a blind eye. We don’t want to upset our Russian guests – guests that in their home country are reviled and often wanted to answer criminal charges.

The death of Litvinenko is almost certainly mixed up with the turf war between the oligarchs and/or their madcap schemes to destabilise Russia and other countries. The British don’t want this to come out as, not only would it deter further bad money from coming to this country, but our financial services industry would be dragged in and many of its activities would be made public and brought to court.

So the government tries to shift the blame onto – who else – President Putin of the Russian Federation. It is certain that this show trial will be exposed eventually but the powers-at-be have clearly lost touch with reality and believe that they can, with the help of the compliant corrupt media, get away with the farce long enough.

The farce will certainly be exposed in due time. Already there are articles in the press that give voice to doubts. Even in Britain, there has to be a limit to how far people can be taken for a ride.

Meanwhile the Russian people who, throughout the Soviet era, were sympathetic even admirative of the west are being alienated from us. I do not know if that was a policy aim, but it is certainly a fine achievement of the present policy of hoaxes and trade bans.


The other important aim behind the kangaroo report is to justify the continuation of the sanctions against Russia and there is even talk of tightening them. I wonder how many people know in Britain the reason for the sanctions. Do you? It is a very major element of British foreign policy. So why is it still being implemented? Honestly can you give the reason?

To remind you, if that is necessary, the sanctions are in place because Russia is accused of invading Ukraine. But Russia has not invaded Ukraine. The supposed invasion is less and less talked about which is why many have forgotten why we are imposing heavy sanction of the Russian people.

If any country invaded Ukraine it was the United States who interfered in Ukrainian politics with arms and money in order to create war and conflict. There are ethnic Russians in Eastern Ukraine who desire to be part of, what they see as, their homeland and Russia has not entirely ignored them. But there are no Russian troops in Ukraine.

And even if you believe that Russia has overstepped its legitimate scope for action there, this in no way justifies sanctions. The sanctions have been imposed by European leaders taking their orders from Washington.

Germany is now starting to seriously waver in the sanctions policy. Poodle Britain cooks up a show trial to justify their continuation and prove its loyalty to its transatlantic master.

The report will be found out eventually. But by then it will have done its job in heightening international tensions and letting the real culprits off the hook. Britain will again be left looking shabby and corrupt. The people who cooked the whole thing up will be compensated by top jobs in banks and knighthoods.

The whole story by Ryan Dawson I have copied below. Or you can read it direct online here


But let me give you here the final mighty sting in the tale that Dawson points to

"The most troubling part of this story is what the ultimate purpose of that much Polonium was for and why it was in the UK. The potential for a dirty bomb is enormous. With the current climate of ISIS and disgruntled youth in Europe joining the mercenary forces to fight Israel’s enemies in Syria and Lebanon, a dirty bomb in the UK is not an unimaginable scenario. Just having such a thing could also hold leverage over politicians there too. The source of the Polonium should have been traced and potential sources should also be subject to inspection."

The corollary of the Owen Report is that no further action need be taken. The police have effectively been called off - the police have had their authority ripped out from under them for the culprit is out of reach - until he makes a state visit to London - when he should be arrested if there is any evidence against him.

The fact that a significant amount of a nuclear material is probably in Britain somewhere will not be addressed. The fact that a dirty bomb could possibly be manufactured and set off in Britain is not in the frame.

Let us be clear, we are straining relations with an important trading partner country, tolerating oligarchic criminals on our soil, making Britain's judicial system a laughing stock and doing nothing about the gravest risk imaginable to our security, for one reason and one reason alone.

To protect the billions of pounds of profits that accrue to the den of thieves that is the City of London.

And they have to be protected because they have bought the politicians and parties that run the country. A sicker, more sickening, scenario cannot be imagined.


  • Litvinenko - What Really Happened?

21st January, 2016

by Ryan Dawson

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As we all know Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned by polonium, a rare radioactive substance. The main narrative blamed it all on Vladimir Putin of Russia. The rationale rested on little other than because Litvinenko was a Putin critic. This was the quick line in mass media, and it was on all the typical war propaganda channels.

There are many things wrong with the “Putin did it” story. For one, there is no motive, even with Litvinenko being a critic of Russia, he was no threat whatsoever to Putin. The man worked with Chechen terrorists and the Israeli-Russian oligarchs. But assuming that there was a sufficient motive to kill him, think about this: Why would Russia use a very rare, very expensive, and easily traceable radioactive substance to kill him instead of some cheap poison or just shooting him? Why risk smuggling radioactive material into the UK which is an act of war?

Yet that is exactly what the UK/US media would have you believe. They want to say that Putin had someone sneak into the UK with polonium and poison Litvinenko with it. It just isn’t plausible. It’s actually absurd.

Alexander Litvinenko who was formerly FSB fled to the UK to avoid court prosecution in Russia, worked for a shady Russian oligarch, Boris Berezovsky. Boris Berezovsky just so happens to be the Israeli-Russian oligarch who lived in London after fleeing the Russian judicial system for a multitude of crimes too long to list. He was on Interpol’s most wanted list. Here is the grand prize. After the US and UK press branded Putin with the poisoning despite there being Zero evidence, (something the US is very well known for now) investigators were tracking down the traces of Polonium in the UK. They detected traces of Polonium at Berezovsky’s office and residence! Now I do not know about you, but in my place of work, and certainly in my house, I do not have rare radioactive substances. Polonium is not something you just get at the market or pick up by accident walking through the park.

No experienced mob boss like Berezovsky would be dumb enough to murder an underling in such a manner either. Therefore his death was an accident. It was mostly likely it was a botched smuggling operation. Why was he moving such a dangerous substance? Did he need fast cash? Were they planning to create a dirty bomb? Such a “smoky bomb” would turn the Polonium into powder and kill anyone who ingested it.
Traces of Polonium were found on the planes that Litvinenko had been on. So I think we can deduce what happened. He was a mule. The questions remain, why did he have it?, Where did he get it? What was he going to do with it? Why was it in the offices of Berezovsky and Erinsys Ltd (Britain’s Blackwater)?

The “Putin did it” smear case has never made sense. First of all, the amount of polonium 210 in play would have cost millions of dollars. That amount is too expensive to purchase and too large to go unnoticed if it were stolen. The only way to obtain such a quantity would be on a well organized black market that had a connection to a nuclear facility. It would certainly help organized crime if the nuclear powered supplier they received the Polonium from was not subjected to international inspections or part of the nuclear nonproliferation treaty. Such a country, (Foreign country A) which denied they even built nuclear weapons for decades, would certainly also deny selling their Polonium byproduct as well.

Is it possible to hide that from the press? Yes. The media would ignore this for the same reason the media ignores them stealing nuclear secrets and building hundreds of nuclear weapons in Dimona, then throwing whistle blowers who took pictures of their warheads, in jail.

Litvinenko was in Israel, where he met Leonid Nevzlin the CEO of Yukos shortly before he died. If you wanted to buy/steal radioactive material that would be the place. What was he negotiating with Nevzlin? We learned Alexander had been an informant in a case that led to the arrest of nine Georgina and Russian Mobsters in Spain, including Alexander Gofstein a lawyer for Yukos who apparently was laundering money.

The downfall began when Georgina Mob Boss Zakhar Kalashov was arrested in May 2006. The scam was similar to what the old Five Families of New York had done, when guys like Meyer Lansky took profits from illegal gambling businesses and funnelled them into buying up real estate in Florida. In the European case, the mob was taking illegal funds and buying up real estate in Spain as well as making investments into legitimate businesses.

Litivnenko’s associates, Dmitry Kovtun and Andrei Lugovoi, who both had met with him the day of the poisoning, were also both hospitalised. They left traces of Polonium in Hamburg as they had taken the trip to Germany before meeting Litvinenko. It appears all three were involved in a smuggling operation, but for whom?

Short answer: Russian Oligarch Boris Berezovsky’s employee Alexander Litvinenko died from over exposure to Polonium in a botched smuggling operation. That is why traces of it were at Boris’s house and on the planes Litvinenko was riding to and from Israel. The smear on Putin/Russia using a highly traceable 10 million dollar poison to kill a critic is about as plausible and rational as saying we have “British Intelligence” about Niger…. This transparent bogus lie was a quick and shamelessly sloppy explanation to cover up how and why this man in the UK had a radioactive poison in his body. Polonium only has a half life of 138 days.

Litvinenko had been in Israel to visit Yukos’s CEO, just shortly before he died. And it’s an open secret that Israel has nuclear weapons, the only place without nuclear safeguard or inspections. Traces of polonium were also on the British Airway planes that Litvinenko took to and from Israel. So it they would have the means, location, and the timing fits, but let’s just blame, Putin “The New Hitler” as Neocons have dubbed him?

Why the fuss about a conspiracy claiming that Putin put Litvinenko on a hitlist and poisoned him? Well as wacky as that story is, it was probably the best they could come up with on short notice. Boris knew once the police found out how Litvinenko died that there would be a lot of explaining to do. He also knew that if the investigation went forward that they could find more of this Polonium on his properties. So they just claimed the KGB was trying to kill them all.

Some History

This is not the first time that Berezovsky tried to pin a murder on someone else and claim that all the damning evidence pointing to him was a frame. There are the notorious cases (in Russia) of Ivan Litskevich and Vlad Listyev.

Ivan Listkevich was the general director of the Omsk oil Refinery easily the best refinery in Russia. Abramovich and Berezovsky planned to take over the refinery and make it part of Berezovsky’s Sibnef (which it now is). Listkevich resisted. Ivan had outside investments from LUKoil (10% of the stock) and CS First Boston. So in no way was he threatened to sink. Omsk was in the best location, had the latest equipment, and was well positioned to continue to soar. They serviced the biggest oil producers in Russia. Naturally Ivan did not want to be swallowed by Sibnef. August 19, 1995 Ivan was found drowned in the Irtysh River. I doubt he went there to swim. Five days later Sibnef (Gazprom) took over. August 24th 1995, using his good buddy Yelstin, Berezovsky got a Presidential Decree №872, to order a transfer of all the state’s share in Omsk as well as 4 other companies to Sibnef. Then in 1996 Boris and Roman privatised Sibnef through a series of Loans-for-Shares’ auctions which were a complete scam run through front companies and offshore banks. Yeltsin approved of it.

The case may leave doubts in the mind until one learns about the murder of Vlad Listyev. In 1994 Boris attacked one of his rivals over control of a media outlet. Part of the attack was broadcast all over TV and came to be known as “faces in the snow” as Boris’s rival’s bodyguard were forced at gun point to lie face down in the snow. Shortly after a 90mph high speed chase and attacking rival Gusinsky’s MOST guards and pinning Gusinsky in his own building, Berezovsky would take control of ORT (channel 1) through an illegal non-public “auction” and gain a near media monopoly.

For details on that I recommend reading “God Father of the Kremlin” if you can still find it. It was written by the senior editor of Forbes in Russian who holds a Ph.D. in Russian history Paul Klebnikov. For the record Paul Klebnikov was killed after publishing his book on the Oligarchs, particularly on Boris, who is on the cover. He was shot four times in Moscow while leaving work and then died in the hospital after getting stuck on an elevator.

After the Gusinsky event, Boris had another problem. Vladislav Listyev. Listyev was probably the most popular talk show host in Russia and a TV producer. He was a business partner with Boris but the problem was he was not crooked. As general director of ORT he decided to fix a multi-million dollar leak in the company and indirect way of Boris paying people off in the Mob to do dirty work, as well as paying himself by spending money for ads in other companies owned where he also ran the advertising sales. He had an offer from Sergei Lisovsky to buy up the sector. Negotiations never went through and Vlad had a different idea.

On Feb 20th 1995 Vlad announced that he would break the monopoly of Boris and Sergei. He called for a moratorium on ORT advertising until they could work out ethical standards. As you can imagine that did not make Boris or the rest of the mob happy. Eight days later Boris personally met with “Nikolai” a mafia boss, and handed him a hundred thousand dollars in cash. This was witnessed by two police officers who were monitoring the Mob. Prior to that Boris’s lacky Badri offered money to a different gangster but that man was arrested before he could do what was asked of him and he confessed this in jail. On March 1st the day after Berezovsky paid a second Mob Boss, Vlad Listyev was shot in the back at the entrance of his home.

Guilty as sin, with a confession against Badri as well as being personally witnessed by two police, offering another mob boss money, Boris was desperate. He was inches away from being arrested. Boris’s TV network was cut out of government subsidies after the police raided it and it was subject to bankruptcy. Fellow Media giant and friend Rupert Murdoch promised to invest in the network and bail him out. How nice. And we all know where Murdoch stands. This relationship might also explain why Fox News and Sky News in the UK were so blatantly cheerleading the “Putin killed Litvinenko” conspiracy story.

But here is the real kicker. It is just as outrageous and far fetched as the Litvinenko poisoning. Boris concocted a story for Yeltsin which was recorded on video tape produced by Irina Lesnevskaya a producer at ORT and a friend of Yeltsin’s wife. The tape claimed that it was all a big conspiracy against Berezovsky and that the real culprit (who had no motive other than to frame Boris [apparently able to hire a gun to kill Vlad but not Boris?]) was none other than bitter rival Gusinsky of Most Bank who Boris had already tried to kill once.

Yeltsin was paranoid of Gusinsky’s political ambitions and Boris knew this. Boris also blamed X-KGB and said Vlad was killed by the MOST group, and not the mob he was witnessed meeting with a week after Vlad was going to break his monopoly. (Sounds like “Iraq moved the nonexistent WMD's to Syria just to make the US look bad.” give me a break) Boris claimed to be set up because he was loyal to Yeltsin as was his new media outlet.

Yeltsin ever a partner in cover ups, not to mention a drunk and a thief, got Boris out of trouble once again by firing the lead investigators in the case which intimidated others to drop it. There was a huge public outcry. A TV personality had been killed. ORT created a new company called ORT advertising with a monopoly to sell ads on commission no less, and the boss-man chosen was none other than Sergei Lisovsky. Wow how utterly shameless.

If you can speak Russian or if you can find an English copy of the Boris/Lesnevskaya tape transcript sent to Yeltsin, it’s going to make you very angry. It is about as plausible as saying Putin risked an act of war with the UK to kill a critic who worked for both a criminal as well as terrorist.

Who Done It?

So we know what didn’t happen. But there still remains a “who done it.” The quickest way to get to the bottom of this is to see who is lying the most and loudest, because that is usually who has the most to hide.

Remember Anna Politkovskaya? She was killed on Putin’s birthday and the alternative press and the ‘mindlessly accepting any conspiracy’ types who fell for it, tried to use that circumstantial “evidence” to blame the murder on Putin.

These are the same types that claim Russia bombed its own apartment buildings to start a war with Chechnya omitting the fact that the apartment bombing took place five months after the war has already started, and the “sources” trying to blame the FSB were none other than Boris’s lackey Litvinenko and well known plagiarist David Satter, who wrote for the PNAC co-founders’ Weekly Standard, which gave the world all the bogus lies about Iraq’s WMD and connection to the September 11th attacks. Robert Kagan, the paper’s cofounder with William Kristol, wrote an op-ed in the Washington Times calling “Speaking of Iraq” which pushes every erroneous prewar scare tactic there was. His wife Victoria Nuland is the same woman who was recorded on the phone saying “F” the EU and openly talking about who would be a good replacement Prime Minister in Ukraine. She chose Arseniy Yatseniuk, who she called “Yatz” and he did become the prime minister of Ukraine a month later after the coup. Everything out of this factions mouth has been blindly anti-Russian.

There is a huge difference between conspiracy and kookpiracy. Getting away from the outlandish unsubstantiated claims about Anna’s death, let’s uncover something factual. Anna Politkovskaya was the journalist who had published three different articles on how SOMEONE was testing Polonium on Chechen children. Gee! Where have we seen THAT scenario before? Anna’s articles were published in the Novaya Gazeta in 2006 and she was killed October of that same year.

The Washington Post then makes this clever claim. “Leonid Nevzlin, a former Yukos oil company shareholder and Russian exile currently living in Israel, told the Associated Press in late November that Litvinenko had given him a document related to a dossier on criminal charges made by Russian prosecutors against people connected to Yukos. Nevzlin, who is charged by Russian prosecutors with having organized killings, fraud and tax evasion, claimed Litvinenko’s inquiries may have provided a motive for his poisoning”

Notice who else is in that Washington Post article (Scaramella) and who was planting the ideas that Putin had killed both Litvinenko and Anna. How crazy is that to use polonium to murder someone…Scaramella is a rotten one. After Anna’s lawyer Stanislav Markelov was murdered in 2009 followed by the murder of one of her key informants in Chechnya Natalia Estemirova the same year, there was a retrial in Anna’s case which went to the Supreme Court. Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov stirred up a public disgust when he said about Anna’s informant Natalia Estemirova on Radio Liberty “She was a woman…who had never possessed any honour, dignity or conscience.”

The prosecution cornered Dmitry Pavliutchenkov a former policeman who in turn confessed Lom-Ali Gaitukayev was who negotiated the contract killing and behind him he suspected Boris Berezovsky. Dmitry was sentenced to 11 years in jail. Five men were found guilty in her murder. Three were the Chechen brothers who had been acquitted in the first trial and they went to prison. Rustam Makhmudov and Lom-Ali Gaitukayev got life sentences in 2014. Berevsovsky had died the year before in March of 2013.

The most troubling thing here is not that mob did something illegal or that the Western press jumped the gun to do an anti-Russian witch hunt. All of that is pretty run of the mill. It’s not even that Israel secretly has nukes and is involved with organized crime. Again, image my lack of shock. It’s not even the multiple murders that are most troubling. The most troubling part of this story is what the ultimate purpose of that much Polonium was for and why it was in the UK. The potential for a dirty bomb is enormous. With the current climate of ISIS and disgruntled youth in Europe joining the mercenary forces to fight Israel’s enemies in Syria and Lebanon, a dirty bomb in the UK is not an unimaginable scenario. Just having such a thing could also hold leverage over politicians there too. The source of the Polonium should have been traced and potential sources should also be subject to inspection.


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