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Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Yushchenko was poisoned after all

By Aussiegirl

It sounded like the plot from a James Bond movie, or a John Le Carre spy thriller of the Cold War era, but in this case, it turned out to be true. The Times Online has this article on their website today:

Who poisoned Yushchenko?

From Jeremy Page in Kiev

Doctors at the Austrian clinic that treated Ukraine's opposition leader confirm there was a plot to kill him

MEDICAL experts have confirmed that Viktor Yushchenko, Ukraine's opposition leader, was poisoned in an attempt on his life during election campaigning, the doctor who supervised his treatment at an Austrian clinic said yesterday.

Doctors at Vienna's exclusive Rudolfinerhaus clinic are within days of identifying the substance that left Mr Yushchenko's face disfigured with cysts and lesions, Nikolai Korpan told The Times in a telephone interview.

Specialists in Britain, the United States and France had helped to establish that it was a biological agent, a chemical agent or, most likely, a rare poison that struck him down in the run-up to the presidential election, he said. Doctors needed to examine Mr. Yushchenko again at the clinic in Vienna to confirm their diagnosis but were in no doubt that the substance was administered deliberately, he said.

"This is no longer a question for discussion," Dr Korpan said. "We are now sure that we can confirm which substance caused this illness. He received this substance from other people who had a specific aim."

Asked if the aim had been to kill him, Dr Korpan said: "Yes, of course." ...

Read the entire article at: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-1393172,00.html


At 4:59 PM, Blogger Timothy Birdnow said...

You were right, Aussiegirl; the Russians WOULD stop at nothing. I can`t imagine how this is going to come out.

At 12:10 PM, Blogger Aussiegirl said...

Thanks for the comments, as always Tim. It is hard for anyone who lives in America to comprehend that such things actually still go on over there. Stay tuned -- there are new and hopeful developments to do with an agreement to reform the election laws -- I'll have details coming up along with analysis. Unfortunately they had to cede some presidential powers in order to get them.

Again, thanks for commenting, at least I know that a few people are reading and interested in this subject.

Looks like your knowledge of Russian may come in handy after all. Start polishing up that vocabulary.

BTW -- to show you the difference between Ukrainian and Russian, for those who say that Ukrainian is simply a dialect of Russian (I suppose then that Portuguese or Spanish are dialects of Italian) -- the Russian for "that's interesting" is: Ochen' interesno --- and the Ukrainian for the same is:
Duzhe tsikavo -- completely unrelated words.


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