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Saturday, November 25, 2006

 

Radioactive killer was discovered by doctors only hours before death

‘By the time doctors finally discovered what had poisoned Alexander Litvinenko, he had only three hours to live.

As he lay unconscious, his wife Marina holding his hand and his ten-year-old son, Anatoli, stroking his forehead, a laboratory test on a urine sample identified the lethal element polonium-210 as the silent killer ravaging his body. [..]

The revelations about polonium-210 provoked a new rush of conspiracy theories. Security experts said this was no crude grudge killing but was the work of assassins with likely access to a nuclear installation, not just to a radioactive isotope that could be acquired from medical waste.’

I used to work a bit with polonium-210. Never did me any harm. But I s’pose I was playing with only nanograms at a time and definitely not eating it. 🙂




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