“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet;”
— Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene 2.


These are Czarist Russian, Soviet, and post-Soviet Russia names for their secret police in chronological order. A few of them translate as follows: 1- All-Russian Extraordinary Committee to Combat Counter-Revolution and Sabotage, 2- Main Directorate of State Security, 3- People’s Commissariat for State Security, 4- Ministry for State Security, 5- Committee for State Security, 6- Federal Security Service, and 7- Department of Homeland Security — just kidding about the last one.

Alexander Litvinenko died last fall of radiation poisoning. He was a former Russian Spy and was killed by an extremely rare element, Polonium-210. It is hard to imagine that the Russians were not involved. Paul Joyal was appearing on Dateline NBC in February this year to talk about the poisoning of Mr. Litvinenko and was shot four days later in front of his own home. While it may be a robbery, the FBI has begun investigating because of the timing and Mr. Joyal is still in critical condition. From the NBC website:

On last weekend’s “Dateline,” he said of Litvenenko’s death: “A message has been communicated to anyone who wants to speak out against the Kremlin: ‘If you do, no matter who you are, where you are, we will find you and we will silence you — in the most horrible way possible.'”

It could be coincidence.

In an odd twist, another person who appeared on the “Dateline” broadcast died of a heart attack last month. Reporter Daniel McGrory of the Times of London, who has written about the Litvinenko case, died Feb. 20, before the “Dateline” segment was broadcast. He was 54.

That could be a coincidence too.

Ivan Safronov died from a five story fall from a window in the stairway of his building. It could be an accident, or a suicide, but:

A journalist [Mr. Safronov] who fell to his death from a fifth-story window had received threats while gathering material for a report claiming Russia planned to provide sophisticated weapons to Syria and Iran, his newspaper said Tuesday.

It could be an isolated incident, right? Except that:

Russia has been plagued by attacks on reporters who seek to expose official corruption and other abuses. The problem was highlighted by the October killing of Anna Politkovskaya, an investigative reporter and a harsh critic of human rights abuses in Chechnya.

A report Tuesday from the Brussels-based International News Safety Institute listed Iraq, Russia and Colombia as the deadliest countries for journalists and their support staff. There were 138 deaths in Iraq over the past decade, 88 in Russia and 72 in Colombia, the report said.

Iraq is a war zone, Columbia has serious drug wars and unrest. Russia has no environmental excuse other than targeting troublesome journalists.

Putin is a former head of the KGB. The Kremlin is full of KGB agents. Would they really kill journalists? It seems that they are willing to kill anyone who is in their way if the political considerations do not prevent it. Disfigurement is an acceptable substitute. Could the KGB cause a heart attack too?

This video contains a segment (warning: video contains graphic footage) of testimony before congress about a heart attack gun. The segment occurs at 1 hour 25 min. 15 sec. for about 30 seconds. It fires a chemical in a small ice bullet that causes a heart attack and leave little or no evidence of the intrusion or the cause. It is entirely possible that the KGB has the same technology. Kinda makes me wonder whenever someone infamous dies of a heart attack, like Ken Lay or Slobodan Milosevic.

This article is about CIA research into killing people in ways that are very unusual.

There is no way to know at present exactly what the new FSB is doing in furthering Russian interests, but it is not too far fetched to think that they are killing and shooting journalists. It would be a mistake to continue to treat them as friends. No matter what some people say.

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