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The Litvinenko File

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  127 ratings  ·  9 reviews
On December 7th 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 Russi ...more
Published April 6th 2007 by MacMillan (first published 2007)
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Ada Rahman
Feb 24, 2008 rated it liked it
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 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Roger Pettit
Mar 06, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
An well organized and entertaining read. The author provides a good account of the Litvinenko affair here. The background of all the major players is provided and how their relationships evolved with regard to the case. Sixsmith also revealed how important media and propaganda are for Kremlin and anti Kremlin supporters and how the British government was reluctant to endanger international relations with Putin over this incident.
May 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime, espionage
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
Apr 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Akoth Otieno
Apr 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 03, 2015 rated it liked it
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.
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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