Friday, March 2, 2012

Masha Gessen: The Death of Litvinenko

From The Man Without a Face by Russian journalist Masha Gessen, who visits March 8:

"On November 23 2006 a man named Alexander Litvinenko died in a London hospital. He was 41 years old, he was an FSB [Russian secret police] officer, and his final days had been broadcast virtually live by the British and some of the Russian media. 'Just three weeks ago he was a happy, healthy man with a full head of hair who regularly jogged five miles a day,' the Daily Mail reported on November 21. Accompanying the piece was a picture of Litvinenko, gaunt and bald, a hospital gown opened at his chest, which was covered with electrodes. 'Mr Litvinenko can barely lift his head, so weak are his neck muscles. He has difficulty speaking and can only talk in short, painful bursts.'" Read more in the Daily Telegraph.