The dirtiest trick

The dirtiest trick

: The Times of London says doctors confirm that Yushchenko was poisoned.

  • Mumblix Grumph

    I guess old habits die hard in Mother Russia.
    I remember seeing a clip of a distraught mother of a sailor on the Kursk a few years ago. A Russian woman emerged from the crowd and just walked up and poked her with a syringe and she went down like a sack of potatoes.
    I’m sure they have all kinds of nifty stuff they can use.

    The Beeb says that while the doctor says yes, the clinic director says no. Obviously the situation is a bit more complex. But something sure happened to the poor fellow. Ah well, as long as he gets the Presidency of Ukraine…

  • dries

    not a real surprise. poison has been very popular problem solver since middle ages. cultural contribution of either mongols or byzantines…
    during soviet days, some bulgarian dissident was killed by KGB with ricin. bullet was made out of a ball from a tip of ballpoint pen, which was drilled through & its cavity filled with ricin.
    that minuscule amount sufficed to cause internal organ failure.

  • Russia is obviously not the ally we were hoping they would be. With military aid to Saddam, government people benefitting from the oil-for-food scandal, and now the tampering of another countries democratic process; we as a country should completely reevaluate any assistance that we give “free” Russia (or what’s left of it).

  • Michael

    Certainly, this isn’t isolated to the Russia/USSR. The June 2000 issue of George magazine speaks of the CIA’s plans to kill (some via poison) Castro.

  • John

    The stories about the CIA plots against Castro came out around the time of the Church Committee hearings in the mid-1970s. But some of the efforts were so bumbling — posioned cigars anyone? — the agency came off as the government version of Jimmy Breslin’s Gang that Couldn’t Shoot Straight.
    The KGB always seemed to be far more competent in using covert means to wipe out a political opponent, though the CIA-Castro revelations had their consequences — thanks to those reports, Congress clamped down on the agencies’ activities, along with their ability to use certain undesireds to obtain information overseas as well as sharing information with the FBI or other domestic government agencies. A quarter-century later, the walls of seperation were cited as one of the reasons for the U.S. intellegence failures before Sept. 11.

  • The Sanity Inspector

    The Bulgarian dissident who was assassinated was Georgi Markov, and I think he was jabbed with a umbrella tip which contained a tiny ampule of poison.