Finally the British cover-up of the century is exposed. What was the government hiding about a mysterious 2006 London death? Headlines called Alexander Litvinenko an ex-KGB spy. UK officials accused Vladimir Putin of his polonium poisoning. Acclaimed expert William Dunkerley discloses how none of that is demonstrably true. It was a hoax and cover story. Dunkerley explains what led to Litvinenko's becoming a media celebrity and key pawn in UK-Russia relations.
Dunkerley exposes the unscrupulous work of Robert Owen, the rogue high court judge who was brought in to paper over the truth. In reality Livinenko was just a lowly Russian law officer who ran to London when he got crosswise of the law. But when Owen's report finally appeared, it naturally supported the nefarious UK side of the story. The London Guardian commissioned Dunkerley to review Owen's 2014 report. The newspaper headlined his analysis, "Six reasons you can't take the Litvinenko report seriously." Other books about this case echo the fabricated British allegations as if they were true. Now Dunkerley's groundbreaking findings set the record straight and shed light on the surprising mystery the UK tried to cover-up. His book, The Phony Litvinenko Murder, is a prequel that documents the media distortions in the immediate aftermath of Litvinenko's death, and shows that the London coroner never even ruled his passing a homicide.
1. A Mysteriously Big Story
2. An Eye Opening Experience
3. Back to the Past
4. The Inquest
5. The Intervention
6. Live Reports Since 2011
7. The Fishy "Public" Inquiry
8. So What Have We Learned?
9. Case Solved!
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The Alexander Litvinenko affair is highly controversial. Strong opinions are advanced by those believing Vladimir Putin is a disreputable and dangerous leader. Equally strong opinions are offered by those who admire him. Contentiousness has led many to support their opinions with allegations instead of facts. It's hard to know what to think.
This book doesn't take sides. Instead, I analyze allegations that have been made, and reality-test them. I look for supportive factual bases, and when I find none I document any discrepancy. A number of who-done-it theories have been popularized in the media. I've found little reliable data to support them. So where does that leave you if you simply want to know what happened to Litvinenko? All the fabricated allegations that abound are a real obstacle.
This book will help you sort out all that's been reported and that which will be reported in the future. It will help you to see who's telling the truth and who's not. My conclusions have disappointed some who are committed to a preconceived Putin-did-it notion. But the thrust of my work is to neither establish nor deny culpability. It is simply to call out those with an ax to grind, who are uttering unsupported claims aimed at influencing others.
William Dunkerley is a media business analyst and Senior Fellow at American University in Moscow. He has worked on behalf of US interests in promoting press freedom in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. He was commissioned by the International Federation of Journalists to analyze problems in certain Western press coverage of Russian issues. Mr. Dunkerley has been instrumental in shaping laws governing the media in Eastern Europe and Russia and has offered testimony to the United States Congress on media concerns. He has personally done intensive work in seven post communist countries, including interventions in seventeen different cities across all Russia. He is principal of William Dunkerley Publishing Consultants, and publisher of two industry monthlies, Editors Only and the Strat newsletter.
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