A very expensive poison : The Assassination of Alexander Litvinenko and Putin's War with the West. / Luke Harding.
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- ISBN: 9781101974001 (electronic bk)
- Physical Description: 1 online resource
- Publisher: New York : Vintage, 2017.
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A real-life political assassination story-complete with KGB, CIA, MI5, and Russian mobsters-that reverberates from the streets of London to the deadly halls of today's Kremlin. A Vintage Original.On November 1, 2006, journalist and Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned in London. He died twenty-two days later. The cause of death was Polonium-a rare, lethal, and highly radioactive substance. This is the inside story of the life and death of Litvinenko. And it is the story of the aftermath: a decade of geopolitical disruptions still felt today. In A Very Expensive Poison, Luke Harding guides readers through a maze of spies, intrigue, organized crime, and political power players to uncover the truth about Litvinenko's murder. In doing so, not only does he also become a target, but he also unearths a chain of corruption and death leading straight to Vladimir Putin, which sheds terrifying light on Russia's secret war with the West.
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