Yegor Gaidar at a Moscow book presentation in 2003 (ITAR-TASS)
December 7, 2006 -- Former Russian acting Prime Minister Yegor Gaidar says he was targeted for assassination.
In comments published today in Britain's "Financial Times," Gaidar says his poisoning was orchestrated by "adversaries of the Russian authorities" seeking "radical deterioration of relations between Russia and the West."
Gaidar fell violently ill during an economic conference in Dublin on November 24, one day after Russian former intelligence officer Aleksandr Litvinenko died of poisoning in London.
Aleksandr Litvinenko: A Timeline
CLOAK AND DAGGER: A timeline of a murder case that unraveled after Andrei Litvinenko, a former Russian security officer and vocal Kremlin critic, dies on November 23, 2006, of poisoning by radioactive isotope polonium-210.
In a deathbed letter, Litvinenko blames Russian President Vladimir Putin for his death -- a claim Putin condemns.
Investigators center on two meetings in London that Litvinenko had described -- one in which he met with two Russians for tea in London, and another in which he met with a third Russian at a sushi bar.
Six months later, British prosecutors announce they have enough evidence to charge a Russian citizen -- one of the men who had met with Litvinenko for tea -- with the murder ...more...