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PR involvement in Alexander Litvinenko’s ‘poisoning’ story revealed

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As if the murky world of espionage had not already obscured the story of the death of Alexander Litvinenko enough, it now seems that powerful PR forces have been at work too.

The Guardian reported today that a company run by Lord Bell of Belgravia, who as Tim Bell was behind the advertising campaigns which helped the Tories to power in 1972, distributed the pictures of Mr Litvinenko in hospital and handled media enquiries.

Lord Bell’s Bell Pottinger Communications clients include Boris Berezovsky, the Russian oligarch, who was a friend and employer of Mr Litvinenko.

The Evening Standard’s This is London website added that Moscow has also employed a powerful PR consultancy, to counter claims from Berzovsky. It reports: “The Russian government has signed a multi-million pound contract with the American PR firm, Ketchum. They are using two heavyweights in London: Tim Allen, a former Downing Street spin doctor, and Angus Roxburgh, a former BBC correspondent in Moscow.”

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  1. Framing the Russians- by Justin Raimondo says

    […] Berezovsky propaganda machine immediately laid the death at Putin’s doorstep. According to the Berezovsky-bought-and-paid-for publicity surrounding this case, Litvinenko was a Russian “dissident’ on a par with Andrei […]

  2. Framing the Russians- by Justin Raimondo says

    […] The Berezovsky propaganda machine immediately laid the death at Putin’s doorstep. According to the Berezovsky-bought-and-paid-for publicity surrounding this case, Litvinenko was a Russian "dissident’ on a par with Andrei […]

  3. at-Largely says

    that is beside the point. Litvinenko was poisoned. That is a fact. And he was poisoned by polonium 210, that too is a fact. There is no “if” here. “The Berezovsky propaganda machine immediately laid the death at Putin’s doorstep. According to the Berezovsky-bought-and-paid-for publicity surrounding this case, Litvinenko was a Russian “dissident’ on a par with Andrei Sakharov, and Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who represented such a dire threat to the Putin regime that his elimination was immediately required.

  4. xymphora says

    ve already said, Putin had no reason to care about this guy, and certainly no reason to kill him in a way to give any credibility to his allegations. The entire PR campaign, including all the allegations, has been run by Boris Berezovsky’s usual advertising agency, called in by Berezovsky to turn an unknown incident into a cause célèbre. Even the original Thallium-spouting toxicologist was hired by Boris! You have to remember the context of the fight between Putin and Boris Berezovsky.

  5. xymphora says

    ve already said, Putin had no reason to care about this guy, and certainly no reason to kill him in a way to give any credibility to his allegations. The entire PR campaign, including all the allegations, has been run by Boris Berezovsky’s usual advertising agency, called in by Berezovsky to turn an unknown incident into a cause célèbre. Even the original Thallium-spouting toxicologist was hired by Boris! You have to remember the context of the fight between Putin and Boris Berezovsky.

  6. xymphora says

    ve already said, Putin had no reason to care about this guy, and certainly no reason to kill him in a way to give any credibility to his allegations. The entire PR campaign, including all the allegations, has been run by Boris Berezovsky’s usual advertising agency, called in by Berezovsky to turn an unknown incident into a cause célèbre. Even the original Thallium-spouting toxicologist was hired by Boris! You have to remember the context of the fight between Putin and Boris Berezovsky.

  7. xymphora says

    ve already said, Putin had no reason to care about this guy, and certainly no reason to kill him in a way to give any credibility to his allegations. The entire PR campaign, including all the allegations, has been run by Boris Berezovsky’s usual advertising agency, called in by Berezovsky to turn an unknown incident into a cause célèbre. Even the original Thallium-spouting toxicologist was hired by Boris! You have to remember the context of the fight between Putin and Boris Berezovsky.