Warning: Opposing Putin Hazardous to Your Health

One has to give the Kremlin credit for the two-birds-with-one-stone aspect of the Litvinenko murder. Not only did it liquidate a vexing international critic of the Kremlin, but it enabled the Kremlin to try to blame the killing on another such figure, Boris Berezovsky, whom the Kremlin wishes to prosecute in the same manner that it went after Mikhail Khodorokovsky, but who has successfully sought asylum in Britain. And indeed, the BBC report confirmed that officers at MI5 believe they thwarted an attempt last summer to kill Berezovsky after the Litvinenko gambit did not pay off.