September 12, 2013 |
No one has ever been brought to justice for one of the most nefarious killings of the Cold War era, the 1978 poisoning of Bulgarian defector Georgy Markov with a ricin pellet jabbed into his leg with the tip of an umbrella. But there has been little mystery about who was behind the 49-year-old dissident journalist's slaying as he made his way to a London bus stop. For more than 20 years, former KGB officials and investigative journalists have said the operation to silence a prominent communist critic was a collaboration of Soviet and Bulgarian secret services.
June 29, 1986 |
Georgy M. Markov, 75, an ideological hard-liner, was reelected leader of the Soviet Writers Union, the official Soviet news agency Tass reported Saturday. Markov, who had led the union since 1971 in the post of first secretary, was elected chairman, a post that has been vacant for years. Vladimir G. Karpov, 64, editor of the literary journal Novy Mir, was elected first secretary, Tass reported. Neither Markov nor Karpov is known outside the Soviet Union as a literary figure.
September 6, 1995 |
In their most comprehensive disclosures about biological weaponry, Iraqi scientists have admitted to conducting groundbreaking research on viruses that make eyes bleed and cause lethal diarrhea in infants and on toxins that can eliminate entire crops, U.N. investigators and U.S. officials said Tuesday.
May 1, 2002 |
It is a time-tested way to dispose of enemies. Now a prominent Chechen Web site and some newspapers here are suggesting that a fast-acting poison hidden in a letter was the instrument used in March to kill one of Russia's chief enemies: an Arab guerrilla named Khattab. If so, it would resurrect a method of assassination often used in czarist times and by the former Soviet Union.