Thursday, April 05, 2007

Banned in Russia but Worth Killing Over?

We don't hear too much about book banning in Russia but the story of the publication of a book accusing Russia of blowing up an apartment building to justify the war against Chechnya by ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko and Yuri Felshtinsky gives one pause. Blowing Up Russia: The Secret Plot to Bring Back KGB Terror may never have been published except for the death of its author, a former KGB spy who died from a lethal dose of radioactive poisoning last year.

The book accuses Russia of detonating explosives in four apartment buildings in 1999, killing more than 300 people, then blaming Chechen rebels.

The New York Times article claims,
...Litvinenko was not the first former or current Russian official associated with the book to be assassinated. The authors chronicle the slayings of three of their principal sources, all members of parliament. Two were shot dead; the third was poisoned.

Russia has banned the book, only adding to the speculation that there is truth to the book's claim.

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