Germany launches probe into poisoning of ex-KGB colonel
December 28, 2010 2 Comments
By JOSEPH FITSANAKIS | intelNews.org |
An official government probe into the alleged poisoning of a Russian former KGB colonel and his wife has been launched in Berlin, German officials have announced. Regular intelNews visitors will recall the recent case of Viktor Kalashnikov, a former colonel and authority on military matters for the Soviet KGB, who was taken in critical condition to a Berlin hospital along with his wife, Marina. The two were found to have over ten times the highest permissible level of mercury in their blood, which, according to medical experts, points to a deliberate poisoning attempt. The case intrigued German officials, since the Kalashnikovs, who moved to Germany last September, are known in Russia as vocal critics of the Putin-Medvedev administration. The two have co-authored scathing critiques accusing Moscow of manipulating the separatist Chechen movement in order to create “a national security state” in Russia. The Kalashnikov case brought back memories of Alexander Litvinenko, another former KGB officer and vocal critic of the Russian government, who was assassinated in 2007 in London. The difference is that the Kalashnikovs survived the alleged assassination attempt. According to European media reports, Viktor has lost a significant amount of weight, while his wife is suffering from acute hair loss. Although both are under constant medical attention, Viktor managed to speak to German newsmagazine Focus, and said he is convinced that the Kremlin is responsible for his and his wife’s mercury poisoning. Stay tuned….