Saturday, December 16, 2006

Litvinenko stroy gets weirder

Today Reuters reports:

"Murdered Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko was killed because of an eight-page dossier he had compiled on a powerful Russian figure for a British company, a business associate told the BBC on Saturday. Ex-spy Yuri Shvets, who is based in the United States, said Litvinenko had been employed by Western companies to provide information on potential Russian clients before they committed to investment deals in the former Soviet Union. He said Litvinenko was asked by a British company to write reports on five Russians and asked Shvets for help. The British company was not named."

Could it have been the British security firm Erinys International Ltd, perhaps? Larisa Alexandrovna for Raw Story wrote on Monday that Litvinenko "was working for a British security firm at the time of his death, two well placed British sources who wish to remain unidentified tell RAW STORY. . . One of the 12 to 24 polonium contamination sites in the Piccadilly area of London identified by British authorities was the office of the security and risk management company Erinys International Ltd. Erinys has been a player in international relations since it was founded in 2002 by Sean Cleary, a South African Apartheid-era official with ties to Angolan right wing extremist Jonas Savimbi, and Jonathan Garratt, a former British Guards officer. . . These sources further explained that the reason Litvinenko was meeting at Erinys' offices around the time of his contamination was to broker a deal of some sort with a Russian security startup being created by two former FSB agents, Andrei Lugovoi and his business partner Dmitry Kovtun."

This is all one possibility but apparently the Russian connection might also related to an oil deal involving Exxon/Mobil for running a pipeline from Sakhalin Island to mainland Russia, this according to Energy Pipeline News. Erinys International Ltd is very big into securing oil pipelines.


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