Poison, From Lenin To Putin
In his new book, The KGB Poison Factory: From Lenin to Litvinenko, Boris Volodarsky, a former intelligence officer with the Soviet Army and historian of the Soviet and Russian secret services, says the 2006 poisoning of Andrei Litvinenko was just one in a large series of poisonings of "enemies of the people" by Soviet and Russian secret services since 1918. Volodarsky tells RFE/RL that the development of poisons by federal security structures continues to this day, and a sub-department of the KGB and sub-divisions of the Federal Counter-Espionage Service are involved.
Rasmussen: NATO Insists On Full Respect Of Georgia’s Territorial Integrity
On the last day of his visit to Russia, NATO Secretary-General Anders Rasmussen told journalists, "I made it absolutely clear… that NATO insists on full respect of Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty and called upon Russia to honor all points of the ceasefire agreement of August 2008."
The meetings, which Rasmussen characterized as having achieved progress between the alliance and NATO, also indicated that Chairman of the Security Council of Russia, Nikolai Patrushev, has become the most powerful figure in Russia's military–security establishment.
Russia With U.S. And Canada On Climate Change
Presidential aide Arkady Dvorkovich told journalists that Russia’s plans for the U.N. Global Climate Change Summit in Denmark include presidential endorsement of a climate doctrine for Russia. He said that Russia's position on the planned protocol is closest to that of the U.S. and Canada.
First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov and Minister of Natural Resources Yuri Trutnev are representing Russia in Copenhagen prior to President Medvedev's arrival on Friday.