. After Litvinenko’s firing, Berezovsky gave him a job with the Commonwealth of Independent States, where Berezovsky served as executive secretary.

Litvinenko’s lawyer says that Litvinenko has information about the “explosions at the apartment buildings in Moscow last year.” Those bombings, which took nearly 300 lives, became a pretext for a crackdown on Chechens living in Russia and then for the renewal of the war against the separatists in Chechnya. There are persistent rumors in Russia that the bombings, which have never been solved, were the work of the FSB itself, acting on political motives.