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If this was indeed the world's first act of international nuclear terrorism, it was going to be headache time for those like Tony Blair and George Bush who were seeking to contain the threat of nuclear proliferation. If these killers had gained access to radioactive material, how many others had done the same, how many dirty bombs and poisonings were already being prepared? Walter Litvinenko pointed the finger at the Kremlin: This regime is a mortal danger to the world. Sasha fought this regime.

But he was evidently well prepared for accusatory questions when he appeared at the final press conference. He categorically denied any Kremlin involvement and questioned whether there had even been a crime at all. 'The medical statement of the British physicians doesn't say that this was the result of violence. This was not a violent death. ' Putin called Litvinenko's deathbed statement a 'political provocation' and questioned why it had not been published before his death, when he could still be challenged about it.

But as we have seen Goldfarb is a member of the anti-Putin opposition and a lieutenant of that movement's leader, Boris Berezovsky. Because of this, questions were quickly raised about the authenticity of Litvinenko's supposed testament and about the credibility of the man who had presented it to the world. A Kremlin spokesman asked pointedly, 'Why should I trust this? A man who was about to die unexpectedly, writing a letter in the last moment of his life? He was unable to speak; he was extremely poisoned; he was very sick ...

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