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Cracking Polonium Mystery: Premature Conclusions
December 2, 2006 23:07

The radioactive isotope was brought from the city of Krasnoyarsk in Russia, and produced – in Zheleznogorsk or Zelenograd. This was "confidentially" reported by the Observer, UK.

Atomic scientists think that theoretically it is possible to identify the origin of polonium-210, if specialists have examples of this substance. However, by the moment there are only suspicions, which appeared after an excessive level of Alfa-radiation had been found in Litvinenko`s emiction when the ex-KGB officer was still alive. There are also talks about some mysterious polonium traces which were supposedly found in British planes and 12 sites of London.

However, referring to those traces newspapers report that the investigators know for sure that the isotope was brought to the capital of Britain via British Airways Moscow-London flight on October 25. The subsequent migration of the element in the period from October 25 to November 1 still remains unknown. At the same time it is said that there is sort of “radioactive contamination”, which accompanied Alexander Litvinenko on the 1st of November. It looks as if he had strewed his way with polonium.

Moreover, the detectives already have sort of determined the moment Litvinenko came in contact with the radioactive substance that killed him, and believe that it happened in the sushi-bar. Nevertheless, the real results can be expected only after the autopsy and much of the reported by Western mass media now looks made out of thin air.

Autopsy: the results are kept in secret

On December 1 morbid anatomists conducted the autopsy in London. The autopsy team consisted of three specialists, including an independent one (who for some reason was from FBI), all wearing chemical protective suits not to get a doze of polonium-210.

 Representatives of the hospital where the procedure was held say that the autopsy results will be passed to the investigators and direction of Scotland Yard, and as for revealing the results - they are likely to become known approximately in a fortnight.

At the time the “polonium ghost” is wandering across the city. First it was found in 12 places of London, then a radioactive element “surfaced” in the organism of Mario Skaramella, although earlier medical tests had shown that the body of the Italian informer was polonium-free. Besides, Mario Skaramella claimed he drank only water in the sushi-bar where he met with Alexander Litvinenko. It still remains unclear how polonium-210 could get to the UK. British suspect it was delivered to London from Moscow by plane on October 25. Traces of the substance were supposedly detected on some of the plane seats and on baggage shelves. In this case it would be easy to find the potential transporters.

69$ for polonium-210

While foreign press points at Russia as the primary suspected polonium source the American organization United Nuclear sells polonium-210 via Internet. No licence is required to buy the radioactive element – it is available to almost everyone. Although the company’s administration says the dozes they sell are inconsiderable and it would be needed to buy 15 thousand of such dozes to kill a person and it would cost 1 million dollars, seems nobody is interested in this fact. The version of polonium delivered straight via diplomatic post looks more attractive.


Lavrentyeva Natalya

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