Litvinenko’s friend claims he was poisoned by the Kremlin

1_1.jpgOn photo: Former Soviet spy Oleg Gordievsky, left, receives an Order from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London.


British police are investigating an apparent attempt to kill a former Russian spy who defected to Britain and was honored by the Queen. Former Soviet spy Oleg Gordievsky, was taken by ambulance from his Surrey home to a hospital in Guildford after falling ill in November last year.

A friend of a died in 2006 ex-FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko claims he was the target of an assassination plot and had been poisoned.


After falling unconscious for 34 hours, he reportedly spent two weeks in a private clinic and was initially left partially paralyzed.


Oleg Gordievsky (a former Soviet KGB agent, who defected to the West) was a friend of the poisoned by the FSB (Russian Federal Security Service) Litvinenko. Gordievsky has become increasingly worried about his safety since the murder of Alexander Litvinenko in London.


In particular, he expressed his concern about the increase in terrorist activities of “FSB of Russia” in the West, in his interview to “The Times” newspaper in the previous year.


Worsening relations between Britain and Russia have given him further concerns.


“Until five years ago I felt very safe living here,” said Gordievsky, who escaped to Britain from the Soviet Union in 1985. “But not now. They will kill me here. If they try to kill me, it will be in Britain.”


Gordievsky, speaking on “Desert Island Discs” on Radio 4, added: “I now feel they [the Russians] can find some way to damage me.”


Let us remind that Oleg Gordievsky (photo), a former KGB colonel, recruited by the democratic British intelligence MI-6 back in 60s, October 18, 2007 he received the Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and Saint George, from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London.

On July 19, 1985, Gordievsky went for his usual jog and gave his KGB watchers the slip.


He boarded a train to the Finnish border, where he was met by a British embassy car and smuggled across the frontier in the boot of a car.


During the honor ceremony for his services to the Britain the Queen said:


“Thank you very much for everything you’ve done for Britain”.


According to “The Times”, a hero, who made a great contribution to victory of democracy in Russia, Gordievsky said: “I’m more British now than Russian.”


Gordievsky said to British “Daily Telegraph” that this was his first audience with the Queen.

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