Saturday, March 03, 2007

Russian Expert Paul Joyal Spoke Truth To Power!

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Paul Joyal (seen in this picture on the left), an expert on the Litvinenko polonium poisoning case, was shot in his driveway Thursday, March 1, 2007. As soon as he was shot, he told his wife to call the former KGB officer Oleg Kalugin (seen in this picture on the right). Joyal had just left Kalugin after a meeting at Washington's Spy Museum.

The title of this article says Mr. Joyal is dead, but the text of the article says he is in critical condition.

Some people suspect that Mr. Joyal was shot because he publically accused the Kremlin of poisoning Alexander Litvinenko with polonium. According to the papers, Litvinenko was poisoned with polonium that was put in some tea he drank.

Speaking on Dateline on February 25, 2007, Mr. Joyal said of Litvinenko's murder:

"A message has been communicated to anyone who wants to speak out against the Kremlin: 'If you do, no matter who you are, where you are, we will find you and we will silence you — in the most horrible way possible."

Joyal told Dateline that he had befriended Litvinenko on trips to London. Joyal said of Litvinenko:

"He saw the moral fabric of the system that he grew up in just disintegrating before his eyes...He was driven by [moral] principles, no question on that."

Joyal told Dateline that Litvinenko had been ordered to kill the Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky; instead, Litvinenko refused and went public:

"Litvinenko went public in a way never seen before in Russia. He held a TV news conference with fellow officers to denounce the plot [to murder Berezovsky]. And he exposed in dramatic style what he saw as rampant corruption in the FSB.

He caused a major embarrassment to the FSB and its chief at the time— a man who the world would soon hear a lot about— Vladimir Putin.

At the news conference, while his comrades tried to mask their identities, Alexander did not...

[Litvinenko] was saying things that were just almost inconceivable to people [in Russia]. He was engaged in slander of the president as they would see it. He held nothing back. This man was absolutely hated."

Former KGB general Oleg Kalugin says that Russian and Western critics are being targeted by an organization of former KGB officers called "Dignity and Honor":

“'Dignity and Honor' is a brotherhood of ex-secret agents nostalgic for hard-line Soviet ways. He says the group hunts down perceived traitors and shows no mercy."

Joyal said that the people who delivered the poison may have not been fully in the picture, but that the poisoning was done by people will access to state-controlled facilities:

"We cannot assume that how this [poisoning] unfolded was the way it was planned or that the people involved actually knew the consequences of the material they were dealing with...When someone dies from a state-controlled substance, a substance that is manufactured in—in state controlled facilities, where does it come from?...It’s clear-cut. It has to be a state-run or a state-managed operation."

Dan McGrory, 54, of the London Times, who was also interviewed for this very same Dateline article, died unexpectedly on February 20 before the Dateline program aired.

The FBI is investigating the shooting of Paul Joyal, but "[l]ocal investigators are highly skeptical that his shooting was anything other than street crime."

Street crime?? Personally, I think that when two people are interviewed for the same Dateline show about Litvinenko's death and then both die, that is very suspicious. Quite a few of Putin's critics have been murdered and none of the murders have ever been solved.

I have written about the Litvinenko murder and the unsolved murders of other Putin critics in these posts:

Saturday, February 03, 2007--Symposium of Russian Experts Discusses Litvinenko Murder

Sunday, January 28, 2007--Litvinenko Poisoning Reportedly Orchestrated by Putin's State Security Services

Saturday, December 09, 2006--Something to Hide, Stirlitz?

Saturday, December 09, 2006--If I Did It!

Monday, December 04, 2006--Putin's Fairy Dust?

Sunday, December 03, 2006--The Polonium Tango!

Friday, December 01, 2006--Lightning Strikes Twice!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006--"Burnt by the Sun"

Monday, October 09, 2006--Anna Politkovskaya Defended Kidnap and Torture Victims in Her Final Interview

Monday, October 09, 2006--Anna Politkovskaya's Killer Captured on Fuzzy Security Video!

Saturday, October 07, 2006--Russian Journalist Anna Politkovskaya Gunned Down in Moscow!

Updates as needed...

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