Putin is a murderer but world will deal with him as it did with Hitler and Stalin, Goldfarb says

Alexander Litvinenko's grave in Highgate cemetery. In deathbed interviews in hospital with Metropolitan police, he accused Vladimir Putin of personally ordering his murder. The British investigation confirmed his conclusion. (Image: Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Alexander Litvinenko's grave in Highgate cemetery. In deathbed interviews in hospital with Metropolitan police, he accused Vladimir Putin of personally ordering his murder. The British investigation confirmed his conclusion. (Image: Stefan Rousseau/PA) 

2016/01/22 • Analysis & Opinion, Politics, Russia

Aleksandr Goldfarb, former Soviet dissident and scientist living in Britain (Image: FB)

Aleksandr Goldfarb, former Soviet dissident and scientist living in Britain (Image: FB)

The British investigation into the death of Aleksandr Litvinenko has shown that “Vladimir Putin is a murderer,” Aleksandr Goldfarb says; but the consequences of this for international politics are unlikely to be “very dramatic” although world leaders will now have to face up to the nature of the man with whom they are in contact.

In a comment for the GordonUA.com, Goldfarb, who helped Litvinenko escape from Russia and settle in Great Britain, says that “no one will begin a war with Russia” over this. But “the findings of the London court are significant.” They define how Putin and his Russia will be remembered a century from now.

“A hundred years from now when our descendants will study the history of the rule of the second president of the Russian Federation,” he writes, “there will appear in the books three important ‘achievements’ of Putin – the annexation of Crimea, the shooting down of the Malaysian Boeing, and the murder of Litvinenko.”

Now, Goldfarb suggests, even the ostracism of Putin by world leaders is unlikely given that “in the international political arena, ‘politics is politics.’” World leaders will shake Putin’s hand just as they did with Hitler and Stalin, “although for them this ended poorly.” But that doesn’t mean that it won’t have consequences.

British Prime Minister David Cameron “has already said that well, we will deal with any kind of regime, including the Russian, but now we know precisely what Putin represents,” Goldfarb says. He does not add, but all people of good will can only hope that other world leaders will be similarly chastened by that the English investigation has shown.

On January 21, London’s High Court released a 329-page final report on its investigation into the death of Litvinenko in November 2006. In releasing it, Judge Sir Robert Owen concluded that Litvinenko’s murder “was probably approved” by Putin.

Thus, Goldfarb says, it has now been “judicially established” that “Putin is a murderer;” and however much he and his regime deny it, “facts remain facts” – and Putin’s responsibility has been shown.

  • Alexandr Litvinenko: 1962–2006
    Alexander Litvinenko: 1962–2006
  • Vladimir Putin: 1952–?
    Vladimir Putin: 1952–?

“It is important to understand that the Litvinenko case is not only a political one but a criminal one as well. Putin gave the order to kill a man with whom he was personally acquainted. And the motive of the Russian leader was simple: Sasha Litvinenko helped Western special services to uncover the links of Putin and his entourage with the Tambov criminal group which was involved in drug trafficking throughout Europe.”

“Killing Litvinenko for Putin,” Goldfarb continues, “was not simple an act of state but a personal one,” and he calls on everyone to remember that “a criminal is a criminal whatever position he occupies.”

The former Soviet dissident says that this outcome was largely thanks to the efforts of Litvinenko’s widow Marina and that the report “undoubtedly is a major emotional and moral victory” for her. “Thanks to her,” he concludes, “now the entire world has been shown that Putin is a criminal and a murderer.”

No one can ever look at him again in the same way.

Litvinenko with son Anatoly and wife Marina in 2000 (Image: Francesco Guidicini)

Litvinenko with son Anatoly and wife Marina in 2000 (Image: Francesco Guidicini)

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  • Rods

    Nothing we don’t know from other individual deaths and mass murders that are clearly linked to Putin. To name but a few, the Moscow apartment bombings, the mass murder and ethnic cleansing in Chechnya of 250,000 civilians, 9,000+ civilian deaths in Ukraine and a good percentage of the 200,000+ civilian deaths in Syria.

    History is not going to judge many Western leaders well with their brown-nosed sucking up to this murdering despot.

    Every Time you see portraits of him, speeches by him and numerous public appearances, especially with compliant Western politicians, just do your bit for justice, by thinking the same as I do, he is no more or less than a disgusting piece of low life mass murdering scum.

  • Vlad Pufagtinenko

    Putin also ordered the killing of innocent protesters on the Maidan in Kyiv back in February 2014. One hundred unarmed protesters were shot by his FSB snipers.

  • George Knight

    All true. So, why should German, Dutch and French enterprises and governments cooperate with the Russian government and Gazprom in the Nord Stream II project which results in strengthening the Russian position in Europe? Sure, Putin is a murderer and a poor statesman. Sure, the Russian army has nukes and a lot of conventional armor. Sure, the West can not ignore the Russian position. But why, strengthening it more than necessary? I don’t get it why Nord Stream II is not already long been abandoned. Anybody knows why?