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The Litvinenko File: The Life and Death of a Russian Spy

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On December 7 2006, in a Highgate Cemetery drenched with London rain, a Russian was buried within a stone's throw of the grave of Karl Marx. He was Alexander Litvinenko, Sasha to his friends, a boy from the deep Russian provinces who rose through the ranks of the world's most feared security service. Litvinenko was the man who denounced murder and corruption in the Russian ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 15th 2007 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2007)
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Ada Rahman
hmm..towards the end it get more confusing since the author's investigation unravel the complicated nature of the life of Sasha Litvinenko. This story would make a very good movie, intriguing mixture of mafia gang, espionage, murder, violence, freedom, conspiracy, betrayal, all in the name of power (politics and money). yeah..truth is indeed stranger than fiction.
Jun 22, 2012 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well-researched and provocative. The truth about who poisoned Litvinenko may never be known with certainty, but the author makes a pretty compelling case that traces the murder back to Moscow.
Sixmith's work paints a comprehensive picture of Alexander Litvinenko, his murder and both its background and fallout. The book is well researched and, while offering sympathy for the torturous death of the man, avoids the temptation to create a narrative of heroes and villains. The crimes of the Russian government, the KGB/FSB and the factions that comprise it, as well as those of the exiled oligarchs are all exposed. Nor does the book tiptoe around the fact that Sasha Litvinenko was a KGB thug ...more
Roger Pettit
As a former BBC correspondent in Moscow (during the 1980s and much of the 1990s), Martin Sixsmith is well-qualified to tell the tale of the murder of Alexander (aka "Sacha") Litvinenko. The Litvinenko File is his account of the crime, which hit the headlines at the time it happened (November 2006) because of the way in which Litvinenko was killed - he was poisoned by polonium-210 - and because, at the time of his death, Litvinenko was living in exile in London. The book is a succinct and very re ...more
Apr 05, 2015 Alice rated it liked it
There are so many evil people in power and it doesn't seem to get any better. They don't care about anyone but themselves and how much money they can pocket that doesn't belong to them. This is a scary book that people should take heed to.
Mar 03, 2015 Claire rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in the midst of studying this kind of thing, but I don't remember very much about it, except that it encouraged me to read more of Sixsmith's work.
Jun 28, 2013 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here Sixsmith offers a really well researched look into what happened to Alexander Litvinenko while he was living in exile in London. It really is spine-tingling reading at times. You really have to remind yourself that you are reading real life events here – it all seems like something from a film. It’s a confusing murder which may never be properly solved but Sixsmith’s account offers some plausible ideas and makes the whole account more easy for the average person to try to understand.
Akoth Otieno
Apr 24, 2013 Akoth Otieno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marti gives you the actual facts of the litvinenko poisoning. it takes an independent mind to write such a masterpiece. he also gives a view of what happens in russian politics and the strained relationship between russia and britain which was an aftermath of the whole assassination.
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George Martin Sixsmith, British author and journalist.
Sixsmith joined the BBC in 1980 where he worked as a foreign correspondent, most notably reporting from Moscow during the end of the Cold War. He also reported from Poland during the Solidarity uprising and was the BBC's Washington correspondent during the election and first presidency of Bill Clinton. He was based in Russia for five years, the
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