List of Applications of Special Means - Poisonings
Below we listed only several cases, which received public attention due to the prominent status of that or other figure, as for the rest of the victims – no one counted them. According to the opinion of the International Alternative Court as a result of combined application of chemical, biological and electromagnetic weapons to millions of innocent people, the country became a concentration camp of a dispersed type, special services conduct a quite extermination of population on a massive scale: (accessed on July 29, 2008).

Autumn 2006 Epidemic of mass poisonings or what hid behind the Litvinenko case.

Returning to the topic of the investigation into the causes of death of the former Russian intelligence officer Alexander Litvinenko in November 2006, we would like to express our own view of this case, starting with the event of the autumn of 2006 in Russia.

The “Litvinenko case” was shortly preceded in the autumn of 2006 by an unprecedented epidemic of mass poisoning with alcohol products containing an unidentified strong poisoning substance in 22 regions of Russia, as well as in four neighboring countries: Estonia, Latvia, Belarus, Ukraine. Poisonings diagnosed as “toxic hepatitis” occurred to individuals as well as to different groups of people, such as weddings, with up to tens of lethal outcomes simultaneously in each case. "Such wide geographically spread, but localized in time mass poisoning is unprecedented in contemporary history" [ 1 ]. According to the investigation by the Novaya Gazeta newspaper both the Chief Federal Public Health Doctor of the Russian Federation Gennady Onishchenko followed by the Minister of Health and Social Development Mikhail Zurabov saw traces of an anti governmental conspiracy in the string of mass poisonings. In Zurabov's opinion, the mass poisoning of the population with contaminated alcohol was a “planned action”, which means an act of sabotage.

However, in the end of November 2006, the Litvinenko case broke out, which diverted to itself all public attention and buried under itself the federal prosecutor’s investigation to identify a single source of poisonings. Apparently the upcoming investigation was about to come close to such deep and untouchable global forces and structures, that extraordinary measures were required.

Notably that in attempts to comprehend the Litvinenko case by the public, the biggest topic was not who and for what purpose poisoned him, but the bewilderment over why such a demonstratively exotic method was chosen when there were other methods available that leave no traces. Someone said: “to shock the World”. This can be translated as follows: to give the media a material to spin that was so exotic and shocking, that could not fail to create a widest resonance with its sensationalism and by doing so to eclipse and remove from the agenda the very subject and details of other events that were, according to the organizers of the Litvinenko case, banned from public discourse. As well as to help form a stereotype of thinking that no deliberate poisoning involving special services, other than exotic, should any longer attract public attention.

Isn’t that why the case of the “toxic hepatitis” with thousands of people who perished or got disabled because of it still remains without an answer, and no one has mentioned about it since.

In our opinion the pattern of an exotic and staged Litvinenko case was used in the past and will be used in the future as a mechanism of diversion of public’s attention.

February 2016.

P.S. On March 4-th 2018 media announced of another victim of deliberate poisoning. This time it was a former Russian Military Intelligence officer S. V. Skripal and his daughter. [ 1 ] [ 2 ] [ 3 ] [ 4 ]
April 1993 Turgut Ozal, the President of Turkey since 1989 to 1993 died suddenly on April 17, 1993 while serving in office when he was 66 years old at an Ancara hospital. He died of a suspicious heart attack leading some to believe in an assassination plot by deliberate poisoning. Doctors at Houston's Methodist Hospital, where Ozal underwent an extensive medical check-up in early 1993, had found the late president's heart healthy just two-and-a-half months before his death.

Turgut Ozal's remains were exhumed on October 2, 2012, on the orders of the Prosecutor's Office in Ankara, on the grounds that his death remains suspicious.

According to a leaked autopsy report prepared by the Forensic Medicine Institute, doctors who conducted the autopsy found in his body a high level of "strychnine creatine" - a powerful poison that leads to respiratory arrest in 15-20 minutes and could also cause a heart attack.

His wife Semra Ozal has claimed for years that he was poisoned. According to her words the documents, which confirm poisoning and which were transferred by the relatives of the deceased to the investigative authorities were destroyed, blood test results went missing and a parliamentary inquiry, which had been initiated on her son’s official request when he was a Member of the Parliament was interrupted. She assured that the family intends to bring the investigation to the end.

The Kurdish separatists have repeatedly stated that Ozal was poisoned by the Turkish special services.

Later on November 26, 2012 daily Zaman reported that an autopsy of the exhumed remains of Turgut Ozal, revealed the presence of four poisoning substances. Pathologists discovered the presence of banned insecticide DDT at 10 times the level considered normal. "Experts also detected the presence of cadmium, a chemical element, in his body. In addition, experts also found the radioactive elements americium, a transuranic radioactive chemical element, and polonium in Ozal's remains. According to the experts, the former president's body was weakened with americium and polonium over a long period of time (emphasis ours), and with the use of DDT, ingested in food or drink, his death was accelerated."
November 2011 Neil Heywood, the British businessman. Gu Kailai, the wife of ousted Communist Party official Bo Xilai, was found guilty and given a suspended death sentence on Aug. 20, 2012 for the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood in China on Nov. 15, 2011.
Zhang Xiaojun, a Bo family aide and an accomplice, was also found guilty and given a sentence for his role in the murder.
At their trial on Aug. 9, 2012 Ms. Gu and Mr. Zhang didn't contest charges that they murdered Mr. Heywood Nov. 15, 2011 in his hotel room by pouring cyanide into his mouth after he became drunk, vomited and sought a drink of water. The British government denied that Neil Heywood was agent of British intelligence MI-6.
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Washington Post correspondent wrote, referring to the statements of prosecution that Gu Kailai acquired a poison containing cyanide. He claims that the poison was purchased from a local dealer by a functionary of the local district Committee of the Communist party.
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An attempt was made to disguise the murder by alcohol poisoning and tossing drugs - a typical method for masking murders and arrangement of various kinds of provocations, "the action" is usually held at a neutral venue - a hotel, a restaurant, etc. The initial official cause of death sounded exactly the same - alcohol poisoning. Strangely enough, Mr. Heywood was never given an official autopsy and the body was quickly cremated.

This case can be used to demonstrate how the disguise of poisoning is accomplished:
  • The first level of concealment - attribute it to the victim by tossing drugs and imitating an alcohol poisoning - put the blame on the victim. Since the first primitive version has failed, the second one was set off:

  • the killer is a loner, the toxic substance – a household chemical. But this version was also discredited by the lack of autopsy and hasty cremation, that is, by inability to corroborate the story by the expert evidence, which suggests:

  • shielding a collective perpetrator (collusion) and the use of special means - special substances for covert elimination.
November 2008 Karina Moskalenko, a well known Human Rights lawer and her family were poisoned by mercury found in her car in Strasbourg, the police confirm. It caused her and her three children to suffer headaches, nausea and vomiting, and heart problems. K. Moskalenko represents cases against powerful Kremlin figures and special services of Russian Federation. [ ]. There exists an opinion that “they tried to kill her” [,0,655514.story ].
2008 Several friends of Kirill Kabanov, the head of the National Anti-Corruption Committee were poisoned. Kabanov investigated some of the Putin era's biggest corruption cases with this nongovernmental organization after leaving the FSB, losing friends to various poisons along the way.
May, 2008 One-and-a-half year old son of Eduard Limonov, Russian writer and political dissident, was given a poisoned pacifier in a park by two unknown young men and a young woman in an attempt to poison him.
October, 2007 Oleg Gordievsky, the highest-ranking KGB defector to the UK. British police are investigating a claim by a former Soviet spy that he was poisoned with tainted pills in an assassination attempt. A London-based Russian business associate had supplied him with the pills.
February, 2007 Two American women, Marina Kovalevsky and her daughter, Yana, were hospitalized in Moscow after being poisoned with thallium as the U.S. Embassy in Russia confirmed on March, 2007.
November, 2006 Yegor Gaidar, a former prime minister of Russia became suddenly ill during his visit to Ireland on November 24, 2006 - the day of Litvinenko's death. He collapsed vomiting blood and bleeding from the nose. He was considered to have been poisoned by drinking a strange-tasting cup of tea. Gaidar was treated at a hospital in Blanchardstown. Alexander Shokhin, the head of a major business lobby in Moscow, said: "It's obvious he was poisoned”, he believed that special services were behind the murder attempt.
November, 2006 Alexander Litvinenko, Russian ex-spy and investigator, died three weeks after being poisoned by radioactive polonium-210. Litvinenko accused the Russian government of poisoning him.
October, 2006 Luzius Wildhaber, the former president of the European court of human rights claimed he was poisoned during a visit to Russia in late October 2006 - three days before the former KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko was fatally poisoned. On his return to his home city of Basle, Mr Wildhaber collapsed. Doctors diagnosed severe blood poisoning and said that when an ambulance arrived at his house he was minutes from death. Another Swiss lawyer who had gone with him on the trip to the city of Vladimir in Russia had also fallen ill.
February, 2005 Zurab Zhvania, Georgian Prime Minister, was found dead. Some Russian experts have argued that Zhvania might have been poisoned by pentacarbonyliron, a substance in the arsenal of the Russian special services that causes symptoms identical to asphyxiation by carbon monoxide [112]*.
September, 2004 Viktor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine since 2005 became seriously ill in early September 2004. On December 11, Austrian doctors confirmed Yushchenko had been poisoned with TCDD dioxin, most likely orally administered, and had more than 1,000 times (other sources said 6,000 times) the usual concentration of dioxin in his body. There are theories that russian special services are linked to the poisoning.
February, 2004 Ivan Rybkin, presidential candidate of the Russian Federation had been drugged and abducted, as he later stated, by the FSB (Russian secrete service) agents. He could have been given the psychotropic drug SP-117, a substance developed in Moscow for use by the secret services [85-87]*.
2003 Yuri Shchekochikhin, a member of Russian parliament and an investigative journalist died presumably from poisoning by radioactive thallium. Shchekochikhin wrote about organized crime and corruption in Moscow and was critical of Moscow's policies.
November, 2001 Dr. Vladimir Pasechnik, the head of the Soviet bioweapons program at the Biopreparat facility, a world-class microbiologist and a high-profile Russian defector to the UK in 1989, was found dead in Wiltshire, England, not far from his home. He was in good health and died suddenly from a stroke. A nerve agent that mimics a stroke and leaves no traces was believed to be the cause of the death.
Pasechnik's death began a string of mysterious deaths and obvious murders of world-class microbiologists. Dr. Kelly's death was one of those. They were closely associated with the kind of highly-specialised work Pasechnik was doing.
1997 Hamas leader, Khaled Meshal. Israeli agents in Jordan injected a poison into Khaled Meshal, later delivering an antidote under international pressure to save his life. [56; 106.5]*
August, 1995 A Russian banker, Rosbiznesbank Chairman Ivan Kivelidi, and his secretary died after coming in contact with a telephone receiver dosed with poison from chemical weapons arcenal. In December 2007 the Moscow Zamoskvoretsky Court finds Rosbiznesbank deputy chirman Vladimir Khutsishvili guilty of murders. [ Sentencing of Kivelidi's killer took place 12 years after the murder. (In Russian). “Moskovki Komsomolets”, December, 25, 2007, đ.1.].
1994 The East German defector Wolfgang Welsch and his family: "In 1994 Peter Haack, a former agent for the East Germany secret police, the Stasi, was found guilty of attempting to poison the East German defector Wolfgang Welsch and his family during a holiday in Israel. Haack had befriended the family and then spiked their hamburgers with thallium."   [ .pdf ]
About 1990 Yury P. Vlasov, the 1960 Olympics champion heavyweight weightlifter for the Soviet Union, was elected to the State Duma of the Russian Federation and was a candidate in the 1996 Russian presidential election. He suffered from prolonged seemingly causeless “diseases”, which he considered the result of the application of the fatal potential of the 12-th laboratory of the KGB about which he wrote in the open letter to the chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR Anatoly Lukyanov. He received medical treatment in Spain. [ 114, p. 68]*.
1989 Frank Chikane, a prominent South African apartheid era cleric, then a personal aide to President Mbeki of South Africa, had his underwear laced with a deadly poison (nerve agent Paraxon). The high-ranking policemen who put the poison to Chicane’s clothers in an attempt to murder him to prevent his activity received prison sentences in 2007 [20]*.
September 11, 1978 Georgi Markov, Bulgarian dissident was assassinated in London by a poison dart filled with ricin and fired from an umbrella. High profile KGB defectors, such as Oleg Kalugin and Oleg Gordievsky have confirmed that the KGB was behind the assassination. The prime suspect now lives in Denmark. Ten days before the murder, an attempt was made to kill another Bulgarian defector Vladimir Kostov in the same way as Markov, in a Paris metro station.
1957, 1959 Lew Rebet and Stefan Bandera, the Ukrainian dissidents were killed by the same KGB assassin -- Bogdan Stashinsky by a spray gun that fired a jet of poison gas from a crushed cyanide ampule. The gas was designed to induce cardiac arrest, making the victim's death look like a heart attack. In November 2006 the head of the press service of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service for the first time perhaps officially acknowledged that the Checkists (State Security agents) took part in Bandera elimination.
1957 Nikolai Khokhlov, a KGB agent who defected in 1954. The Soviets used thallium in an attempt to kill him in 1957. This case is often claimed to be the first radiological attack by the KGB.
* See: Main, Bibliography.