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Toxic Politics: The Secret History of the Kremlin's Poison Laboratory-from the Special Cabinet to the Death of Litvinenko provides a fascinating investigation into State-sponsored terrorism in the former Soviet Union. While early Soviet assassinations were performed with traditional crude methods, once Lenin's Poison Laboratory was created and put under the control of the Soviet secret services, surreptitious poisoning became the preferred method of removing opposition to the state. The most notorious cases include Lenin's widow, Nadezhda Krupskaya, who was poisoned at a special meal prepared for her 70th birthday celebration; and the Bulgarian dissident Georgi Markov, who was poisoned with an ingenious umbrella gun in London. This book provides an eye-opening examination of the dark side of Soviet power, including how the Russian people viewed these murders and responses from the outside world.Most recently, the high-profile poisoning of Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko and the death of the journalist and former Soviet KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko serve as timely reminders that systematic Russian political poisonings are anything but a thing of the past.Show more
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