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Suspicions Cast on Russia After Poisoning

In the bloodstained post-Soviet period, feuds over money and power have often been solved by bullets or bombs. But confirmation that Ukrainian opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko was disfigured by dioxin draws attention to suspicious cases in Russia in which poison may have been used to silence political foes and settle business scores.As Yushchenko’s supporters suggest Russian involvement in the attempt to hurt or kill him, critics of the Kremlin say poisoning is a Soviet-era practice that seems to have reappeared since ex-KGB officer Vladimir Putin became president and put many of his colleagues from the spy agency into positions of power. “The list is rather long, and since Putin assumed power in Russia, poisoning has been one of the preferred political tools used by the Kremlin,” said Pavel Felgenhauer, an independent Russian military affairs analyst.Full Story

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