ON-Lion Letter
In Encounter Books' Blowing Up Russia:  The Secret Plot to Bring Back KGB Terror, ex-KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko and academic Yuri Felshtinsky expose how lethal methods were used by Litvinenko's former superiors to propel Russian President Vladimir Putin into power, and to preserve that power.

Litvinenko worked for the KGB and its successor, the FSB, for 20 years.  After Litvinenko publicly accused the FSB of ordering the assassination of Russian billionaire Boris Berezovsky, he was arrested by Russian authorities and then released; he later fled to Great Britain, where he was granted political asylum and citizenship.

Felshtinsky had asked Litvinenko for help in investigating 1999's Moscow apartment-block bombings.  While they pursued their research, three people who assisted them in Russia were killed -- two shot, one poisoned.  Banned in their home country, Blowing Up Russia describes the FSB's role in Putin's rise to power and the Moscow bombings, which the government blamed on Chechen separatists.

In late 2006, Litvinenko himself became a rare victim of lethal polonium-210 radiation poisoning.

Encounter Books is an activity of Encounter for Culture and Education, a nonprofit group that is substantially supported by The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee.  Encounter's president and publisher is Roger Kimball, editor of The New Criterion magazine, which is also supported by Bradley.
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