His previous books include: "Towards a History of Isolation " (London 1988; Moscow 1991);"The Failure of World Revolution" (London 1991; Moscow 1992); "Big Bosses" (Moscow 1999).
Alexander Litvinenko served in the Russian military for more than 20 years achieving the ranks of Lieutenant-Colonel. In 1988 he served in the counterintelligence agencies of the Soviet KGB and from 1991 in the Central Staff of the MB-FSK-FSB, specializing in counter-terrorist activities and organized crime.
He worked in the most secret areas of the KGB, the Department for the Analysis of Criminal Organizations, as a senior operational officer and deputy head of the Seventh Section.
In 1988, at a Moscow press conference, he publicly criticized the leadership of the FSB and disclosed a number if illegal orders which he had received. In 1999 he was arrested on trumped-up charges and imprisoned. After winning his case, he was arrested again and charged with added crimes against the state.
He escaped from Russia, and was granted political asylum in May 2001 by Great Britian where he lived until he was poisoned in November 2006.
Informative but very confusing trying to keep up with all the names involved in this huge plot.Published 3 months ago by MCM
I really like this book. Alexander Litvineko explains in detail how the KGB transformed into the FSB and what was his job description as spy for the agency. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Hector I.
Interesting to me because I have traveled in this part of the world. Have also read about Putin before Putin was cool.
Jury is still out. Read more
A great read. Letvinenko speaks from the grave. Putin's crimes in England demonstrate that the Soviet Union philosophy lives. Bravo.Published 10 months ago by Tom Black
1) difficult read 2) grateful I do not live in Russia 3) produced an undeniable common thread of military operative methodology by both Russia and America :a) the Russian secret... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mrs. Rhonda T. Jeansonne
I find history extremely interesting and it's always a great read to hear it from one person's personal perspective. Read morePublished 16 months ago by sera
Excellent informative book that provides far more than the usual mainstream matter. Thank you Sasha (Sasha is nickname for Alexander) !Published on February 22, 2011 by reader4321
The one comedian in this unfortunate affair is the Russian Information Minister who says "He (Litvinenko) probably poisoned himself for the attention .. Read morePublished on May 12, 2010 by doppelganger
I simply read the first chapter which was more than enough! The old KGB simply has played a shell game of reorganization. Read morePublished on November 4, 2008 by Alexander Greer