Unrelenting Putin Bashing

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by Stephen Lendman
Putin’s support for international law inviolability, nation-state sovereignty and multi-world polarity made him Washington’s top geopolitical adversary.
Big Lies and willful misinformation about him continue circulating, the latest accusing him of possible murder.
In November 2006, former Russian Federal Security Service/KGB official Alexander Litvinenko died from polonium-210-induced acute radiation syndrome poisoning in a London hospital.
Russia was automatically blamed for his death, dubious witness testimonies lacking credibility the only evidence.
Former Russian Federal Protective Service official, current lower house State Duma member Andrey Lugovoy became the main suspect.
Britain wants him extradited. Russia’s Constitution prohibits it. Moscow denied London’s earlier request. Last March, Putin honored him for contributing to parliamentary development.
Litvinenko’s father, now living in Italy, blames former self-exiled Russian oligarch/Putin critic Boris Berezovsky for his son’s death. So does Lugovoy.
In March 2013, Berezovsky was found dead in his home outside London, a reported suicide consistent with hanging. He was seriously ill, indebted after losing a protracted $5.6 billion court battle with fellow Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich.
The day before his death, he told a London journalist he had nothing to live for. Nearly a decade after Litvinenko’s death, a UK public inquiry suggested Russian state-sponsored murder.
Inquiry chairman Robert Owen irresponsibly accused Putin of “probably” approving it, saying Litvinenko working for British intelligence at the time may have been the motive.
“Taking full account of all the evidence and analysis available to me, I find that the FSB (Russian Federal Security Service) operation to kill Litvinenko was probably approved by (its head Nikolay) Patrushev and also by President Putin,” Owen claimed.
He admitted dubious witness testimonies “would not be admissible as evidence.” Legitimate legal proceedings would dismiss them for lack of credibility.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova blasted the report, saying Moscow’s “position on the issue remains unchanged and is well-known.” 
“We regret that the purely criminal case has been politicized and has marred the entire atmosphere of bilateral relations” – shown by lack of objectivity and bias.
“(W)e need time to study in detail the content of this document, and after that we will give a full assessment,” she added.
Lukovoy and other Russia suspect Dmitry Kovtun earlier denied accusations of their involvement. Following the report’s publication, Lukovoy called charges against him “absurd.”
“It happened as we expected it, no sensation here,” he said. “The result of the inquiry voiced today just confirms the anti-Russian stance of London, the bias and lack of determination to establish the true cause of Litvinenko’s death.”
Following US-supported Putin critic Boris Nemtsov’s murder last February, automatic scoundrel media reaction held Russia’s leader responsible.
No evidence then or now suggests it. Nemtsov’s central Moscow killing had all the earmarks of a CIA-staged false flag. He was worth more dead than alive to Washington, exploiting what happened for propaganda value. 
He was no popular favorite, politically impotent. Most Russians disliked him. Was Litvinenko’s poisoning an earlier CIA false flag complicit with British intelligence?
Suggesting Putin’s involvement continues longstanding irresponsible bashing – showing contempt for the preeminent world leader, inventing reasons to vilify him.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net
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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.