Thursday, July 19, 2007

Another Putin Hit?

It appears Boris Berezovski, exiled billionaire and Putin critic, owes MI5 and MI6 big as British authorities disrupt an apparent hit on the Russian dissident.

Recent timeline of events:

July 16 - Berezovski notified of possible threat. Leaves Britain. Unidentified Russian arrives, with child, to Britain, and checked into the "Hilton hotel on Park Lane close to Mr Berezovsky’s offices in Mayfair".

July 17 - Britain expels 4 Russian diplomats as response to Russia's refusal to extradite Andrei Lugovoy, the primary suspect in Alexander Litvinenko's Polonium 210 poisoning.

July 18 - Unidentified Russian, arrested, interrogated, and deported back to Russia. Royal Air Force intercepts Russian Bombers!

RAF fighter jets were scrambled to intercept two Russian strategic bombers heading for British airspace yesterday, as the spirit of the Cold War returned to the North Atlantic once again.

The incident, described as rare by the RAF, served as a telling metaphor for the stand-off between London and Moscow over the murder of Alexander Litvinenko.

While the Kremlin hesitated before responding to Britain’s expulsion of four diplomats, the Russian military engaged in some old-fashioned sabre-rattling.

Two Tu95 “Bear” bombers were dispatched from their base on the Kola Peninsula in the Arctic Circle and headed towards British airspace.

Sources: TimesOnline1, TimesOnline2, Washington Post, and CNN.