When Aleksandr Litvinenko the former Russian spy turned United Kingdom-based whistleblower against the his former employers at the FSB, the Security Service of Vladimir Putin, died of Polonium poisoning in a London Hospital in November of 2006, the post-Soviet version of Murder, Inc was running at an industrial pace.
Two years earlier, Putin’s enemy, the Ukrainian reformer Viktor Yuschenko was almost killed when he was slipped a lethal dose of dioxin. The month before Litvinenko died, Anna Politkovskaya, the leading Russian investigative journalist, was shot to death in her apartment building. Then, the human rights activist Natalia Estemirova was found dead in a car trunk in July 2009.
Daniel Gerstein the former Acting Under Secretary and Deputy Under Secretary for Science &Technology at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from 2011 to 2014, and todaya senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation looks at the now 9 year old murder of Aleksandr Litvinenko and sees a future threat far more deadly than trolling or hacking.