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November 20, 2006

Former KGB Spy Poisoned at Sushi Bar

posted by MR WAVETHEORY at 11/20/2006 07:10:00 AM
Meet the Bond sushi girls at Itsu.
All things Bond, James Bond, that is, are hot. I had to post this when I read it. This one is straight out of a James Bond movie. A former KGB spy and his contact were meeting at a hip sushi bar in London called Itsu when someone slipped into his sushi some thallium, apparently a very toxic metal.

A former Russian spy who is fighting for his life in a London hospital after being poisoned with the toxic metal thallium was targeted because he was an "enemy of Vladimir Putin", friends said yesterday.

Doctors treating Alexander Litvinenko, who defected to Britain six years ago, believe he has a 50/50 chance of survival and faces a critical three weeks, according to the exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky, who visited Mr Litvinenko in hospital at the weekend.

Scotland Yard has launched an inquiry into the "suspicious poisoning" of the former KGB officer, which allegedly took place at a sushi bar in Piccadilly, west London, at the beginning of the month. Mr Litvinenko had been meeting a contact offering him information about the murder of Anna Politkovskaya, the Russian journalist and critic of the Kremlin who was assassinated in October.

Thallium attacks the central nervous system by displacing potassium, which is vital for nerves to function. A quarter of a teaspoon is a fatal dose for an adult.

The sushi looks delicious. But wait, it might be laced with thallium.

What do the chefs at Itsu have to say about their sushi?

Itsu's operations director, Glenn Edwards, said: "Its James Bond territory, isn't it? It was 3 o'clock in the afternoon three weeks ago, and two individuals sitting in the corner wouldn't have been noticed - our shop at Piccadilly serves 8,000 people a week - we've no idea what could have happened between them." Associates say Mr Litvinenko, 43 and described as a fit man, has been unable to eat for nearly three weeks because his stomach and tongue were affected by the poisoning. Mr Goldfarb, who visited him yesterday, said: "He looks like a cancer patient who has undergone heavy chemotherapy. He's lost his hair, his eyes are bloodshot and he can't speak properly."

It maybe safer to sit at the bar next time - to keep an eye on the sushi chef.

Itsu looks like a very hip bar. Bring your wallt. Lunch for two will set you back 45 pounds.
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