Russia and free speech

Ex-russian spyAn ex-Russian spy, Alexander Litvinenko, died by radioactive poisoning on Thursday. The news is still being commented and there’s no conclusive evidence about Russia’s involvement.

There’s an obvious beneficiary from this death – Russia’s current regime and/or the KGB (now FSB). The Russian parliament voted in June to allow state officials to carry out overseas assassinations.

It has been only a month since Anna Politkovskaya’s brutal death. In 2004, Viktor Yushchenko, Ukraine‚Äôs opposition leader survived miraculously a dioxin poisoning.

Both Litvinenko and Politkovskaya published articles and books criticising the Kremlin and Putin in particular. Litvienko went so far as to claim that the Beslan attack was probably carried out with KGB’s blessing.

It’s obvious now what kind of death these sort of comments get you. While Politkovskaya was gunned down execution style in Moscow, Litvinenko agonized for three long weeks as a result from radioactive poisoning.

A lesson on what citizen journalism gets you if you dare criticize Russia.