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Poison's Use as Political Tool: Ukraine Is Not Exceptional

With speculation running rampant in Ukraine over who was behind the mysterious dioxin poisoning of the presidential candidate Viktor A. Yushchenko, the use of poisons as a sinister tool of statecraft has again entered the public arena in a former Soviet republic. Some former officers of the Russian security services argue that it never left. On several occasions in the past decade, the successor agencies to the K.G.B. in Russia and other countries once in the Soviet sphere have come under suspicion of giving drugs or poisons to prominent critics. And while the authorities have repeatedly denied ordering such actions, the former intelligence officials say they find many of the allegations credible.Full Story

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