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|Spy Case Fall Out Spreads Through London Establishment|
- Litvinenko death reveals likely penetration of Russian rivalry into centres of power
THE LONDON connection to the death of Alexander Litvinenko has started to emerge in the wake of the apparent poison attack that left the ex-KGB spy dead.
That link runs deeper than the cold facts that Litvinenko has been living here for six years and died in one of our hospitals and is being investigated by the Met.
It involves some of the UK's best-connected people with fast tracks into the heart of the British government.
Indeed, one of the intriguing side-effects of the Litvinenko case is that it has smoked out some of the British names involved in what is a kind of smouldering Russian civil war by proxy.
On one side is Lord Bell, one of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's top advisors, who is employed by Russian billionaire Boris Berezovsky as a PR guru.
On the other is Tim Allen, one of current Prime Minister Tony Blair's former advisors, now employed by the Russian government via the Ketchum PR consultancy.
Litvinenko was in the pay of Berezovsky, who has been accused by the Russian government of plotting a coup to remove Vladimir Putin as leader.
Both Bell's and Allen's companies supplied much of the information used by the media in the days leading up to Litvinenko’s death.
It seems likely they have also briefed and counter-briefed at the highest levels of the British government. George Smiley appears to have been reincarnated in PR form.
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