A true story of murder and conspiracy that points directly to Vladimir Putin, by The Guardian's former Moscow bureau chief. On November 1, 2006, journalist and Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned in London. He died twenty-two days later. The cause of death? Polonium-a rare, lethal, and highly radioactive substance. Here Luke Harding unspools a real-life political assassination story-complete with KGB, CIA, MI6, and Russian mobsters. He shows how Litvinenko's murder foreshadowed the killings of other Kremlin critics, from Washington, DC, to Moscow, and how these are tied to Russia's current misadventures in Ukraine and Syria. In doing so, he becomes a target himself and unearths a chain of corruption and death leading straight to Vladimir Putin. From his investigations of the downing of flight MH17 to the Panama Papers, Harding sheds a terrifying light on Russia's fracturing relationship with the West.
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"Deep-voiced English narrator Nicholas Guy Smith gives a matter-of-fact tone to this detailed account of the murder of Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko. A former member of the KGB's successor (the FSB) and a defector to the UK, he became a well-known, outspoken critic of Putin and was murdered in London, probably on orders from Russian officials, through the use of radioactive polonium in November 2006. Smith's enunciation is excellent, and he's easy to understand, although most Russian words are given a British pronunciation, which may be grate on some. His expression is subtle and confident. Individualized voices are not used for quotes, but this doesn't detract from the engaging production. M.T.F. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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