Publication: North Caucasus Weekly Volume: 3 Issue: 11

In an unexpected development, an official Russian government newspaper, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, in its March 30 issue, published a lengthy interview with Aleksandr Litvinenko, a former lieutenant colonel in the FSB, who recently received political asylum in Great Britain. Some excerpts:

Interviewer: “You took part in preparing the film ‘Assassination [Attempt] against Russia,’ in which the participation of the FSB in the explosions of the [apartment] houses in Moscow and Volgodonsk and the preparing of an explosion in Ryazan’ are discussed. Do you seriously believe that?”

Litvinenko: “I have direct proof in relation to the attempt to blow up an [apartment] house in Ryazan. I am in possession of facts that not sugar, as the FSB maintains, but [the explosive] hexogen was placed under that house, and that it was employees of Patrushev [the director of the FSB] who placed it there.”

Interviewer: “Are you prepared to present this proof?”

Litvinenko: “I am prepared. Not to the [Russian] procuracy–that is, a criminal organization. And not to the FSB–that is a terrorist organization. When the public commission which is presently being formed by [Duma deputy] Sergei Yushenkov has been created, then under the condition that honest people make up that commission I will give them all the materials which I have in my hands concerning the crimes committed by the leadership of the FSB…. Yesterday through the Internet I appealed to all officers of the FSB who participated in the 1999 explosions to come forward and admit it.”