- The Litvinenko radiation poisoning and a mysterious plane
crash. Amid the hype over the radiation poisoning death of ex-Russian intelligence
agent and Boris Berezovsky colleague Alexander Litvinenko last November,
a little-reported story about a helicopter crash went largely unnoticed.
In what may have been an indication of who and what was behind the Litvinenko
poisoning and the attempts by Italian right-wing politicians to discredit
both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Italian Prime Minister Romano
Prodi, the activities of a mysterious firm tied to Berezovsky and his former
Yukos Oil business partner, Tel Aviv-based Leonid Nevzlin, are under renewed
- On January 2, 2007, WMR reported: "In another full
circle between Tel Aviv and Italy, Menatep's [Group Menatep -- the Gibraltar-based
firm behind Yukos since renamed GML] former chief for investment management
Alexei Globuvich said, after his arrest last Spring in Italy, that Nevzlin
may have tried to poison him and his family after mercury was found in
his office, home, and car. Globuvich said he was a threat because he knew
where Yukos and Menatep assets were located. Shortly thereafter, a Scotland
Yard officer handed over to the British security firm ISC Global plans
by the British government to extradite a number of Russian-Israeli exiles
in Britain to Russia. ISC Global had been part of Menatep and Nevzlin was
one of its chief customers.
- The London offices of ISC Global, now known as RISC Management,
were visited in November 2006 by Litvinenko and Russian businessmen Andrei
Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun and traces of polonium-210 were discovered there.
According to the Sunday Times of London, Russian police are also investigating
whether the poisoning of Litvinenko and the attempted poisoning of Globuvich
are connected to the radiation poisoning death two years ago of Roman Tsepov,
a former bodyguard of Putin when he was deputy Mayor of St. Petersburg.
Tsepov was involved in the Russian government's tracking of Yukos assets.
- Also of interest are connections to the June 2004 assassination
of Forbes Russian edition editor-in-chief Paul Klebnikov, a U.S. citizen
who wrote a damaging expose of Berezovsky. Three Chechen contract killers
were charged in Klebnikov's murder. The same Russian-Israeli mob ring is
also being looked at in the investigation of the assassination of Russian
journalist Anna Politkovskaya of Novaya Gazeta as a way to embarrass Putin."
- Attention is being drawn to a May 14, 2006 article in
the Times of London. In March 2004, British attorney Stephen Curtis, the
chairman of ISC Global, died, along with his pilot, in a helicopter crash
near Bournemouth Airport. The two were on their way to Dublin. The Times
reported a James Bond-like secret project by ISC Global, jailed Yukos tycoon
Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and Nevzlin to launch an international smear campaign
to discredit Putin and other members of the Russian government, including
Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov, other ministers, and officials of state-owned
energy companies. Doctored "compromising" photographs were to
be used in the smear campaign. Also targeted by the Russian gangsters was
Russian tycoon and Chelsea football team owner Roman Abramovich, who had
earned the wrath of Nevzlin, Berezovsky, and others because Putin allowed
Abramovich to retain his billions in wealth and travel freely to and from
- According to The Times, Curtis, who managed a £16
billion portfolio for Menatep, was under surveillance and had been threatened
in the weeks before his death. He told a relative, "If anything happens
in the next two weeks then it won't be an accident." After his death,
Curtis' home was found to contain a small magnet used for a bugging device.
It also was revealed at the Curtis death inquest that the British attorney
had been in contact with British police "on many occasions" concerning
the activities of his Russian clients.
- ISC was to obtain a luxury yacht, the Constellation,
that would become a headquarters for exiled Russian-Israeli oligarchs wanted
by Moscow for fraud. The yacht would have its own armed SWAT team and crew
to repel any attacks. The yacht would be outfitted with bullet proof glass
and "white noise" generators to prevent eavesdropping. Prostitutes
invited on board would be specially screened by a "trusted agency."
Nevzlin authorized the anti-Putin project in a 12-page dossier marked "Secret."
In the document, Putin is referred to as "X." British ex-SAS
commandos were to be used as personal bodyguards to protect the exiled
Russian tycoons from kidnapping and extradition by Russian agents.
- Fact vs. fiction: No difference with the forces out to
bring down Russian President Putin.
- On January 11 this year, Yuri Golubev, 64, a Yukos cofounder,
along with Khodorkovsky, and colleague of former Yukos deputy chairman
Nevzlin, was found dead in his bed in London. Police ruled the cause of
death as "natural causes." Our sources in Britain report that
the scandals surrounding British Prime Minister Tony Blair and key members
of his government are part and parcel of the fact that Britain's government
has been co-opted by the Russian-Israeli mobsters, much in the same way
that their American colleagues, acting through neo-con proxies, have captured
control of the Bush administration. The British honors-for-cash scandal,
British defense contractor malfeasance, and phony intelligence about Iraqi
WMDs laundered through the British government, are all results of the mobsters'
control of Blair and his advisers.