Dec 06 2006

Russian Banker Assassinated

It seems someone is truly trying to rapidly cover up some tracks. News is out that a key Russian banker who was spearheading an effort to close down money laundering for illegal efforts was assassinated (the old fashion way – using cheap bullets):

The first deputy chairman of Russia’s central bank died in hospital on Thursday, hours after gunmen with automatic weapons attacked him outside a Moscow sports stadium and killed his driver, officials said. Andrei Kozlov, 41, a high-profile figure in Russian finance who was in charge of cleaning up the murky and fragmented banking system, had undergone emergency surgery overnight for serious gunshot wounds to his chest and head.

Sources close to police investigations said Wednesday’s attack on Kozlov, who had led an aggressive drive to shut down banks accused of money laundering and other crimes, bore the hallmarks of a contract killing.

No matter what the situation was surrounding the Litvinenko death, we know it involved somewhere between $50-100 million worth of Polonium-210. That is a lot of money to move. I think everyone would agree the second key trail next to the polonium is the money. Is it just coincidence then that trail just took ‘a hit’?

there is a Berezovsky connection to this murder. How interesting. Is it Putin threats dying or Berezovsky threats dying?

7 responses so far

7 Responses to “Russian Banker Assassinated”

  1. clarice says:

    One writer, shares your view, AJ:
    “The neutron source or “triggers” of the suitcase nukes are composed of beryllium-9 and polonium-210. When these two elements are combined, the alpha particle is absorbed by the nucleus of the beryllium causing it to decay by emitting a neutron. Such “triggers” were a feature of early nuclear weapons in the U.S. and Soviet stockpiles.

    Polonium-210 has a half-life of 138 days, necessitating the replacement of the triggers every six months. For this reason, the suitcase nukes are far from maintenance-free. In addition, the nuclear core of these devices emit a temperature in excess of one hundred degrees Fahrenheit – – further exposing the weapons to oxidation and rust. Small wonder that al Qaeda operatives including Adnan el-Shukrijumah, who are spearheading “the American Hiroshima” have received extensive training in nuclear technology.

    Polonium-beryllium triggers are packaged in foil packs about the size of a package of sugar on a restaurant table. When the twin foil packages are crushed, the elements mix and the neutrons are emitted. A courier transporting nuclear triggers could have had a mishap causing the packages to rupture and a trail of contamination to occur.

    Polonium-210 is a fine powder, easily aerosolized. Litvinenko could have inhaled the powder, or had a grain or two on his fingers when he ate the sushi. ”

  2. topsecretk9@AJ says:

    a key Russian banker who was spearheading an effort to close down money laundering for illegal efforts was assassinated

    Like illicit black market weapons trading.

  3. Carol_Herman says:

    Russian “bankers” are ALL thieves. Doesn’t make me mad when ANY russian is “taken out.” Sorry. No sympathy, here.

    But someone’s cooking up a good brew. Yum. Yum.

    Besides, George Soros is ALREADY wealthy. I wonder, if some day, he, too, will produce a memoir?

    Tolstoy was the last Russian ever to produce something worth reading.

  4. Lizarde1 says:

    Clarise – that Canadian article was interesting – Lugovoi has now managed to contaminate the British Embassy in Moscow even a couple of days after he returned to Moscow Nov. 3. He was oozing the stuff.

  5. jerry says:

    This is all supposedly an ongoing power struggle preceeding Putin stepping down next year.

  6. mariposa says:

    “Tolstoy was the last Russian ever to produce something worth reading.”

    Carol, I disagree. You might enjoy Solzhenitsyn.

    Interesting op-ed, Clarice. The author does agree with AJ. The massive contamination in all parts of London and beyond supports that, too. Hello, nightmare scenario.

  7. Ken says:

    I’m not sure at all that Carol has scrutinized Solzhenitsyn and
    found certain of his “prejudices” unforgivable.