Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

German Inquiry Into ‘Poisoning’ Of Russian “‘Dissidents” In Berlin

Posted by Info on 31/12/2010

German prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into whether two Russian dissidents living in Berlin were poisoned by agents of the Kremlin.

Viktor Kalashnikov, 58, a former colonel in the Soviet KGB, and his historian wife Marina Kalashnikov, were found by doctors to have dangerously high levels of mercury. Both have suffered health problems with Mr Kalashnikov losing considerable weight and his wife losing half of her hair. Medical experts recommended they undergo further tests and be watched closely.

The couple arrived in Berlin in September having previously stayed in Ukraine, Poland and Estonia. According to Focus, doctors at Berlin’s Charite hospital found 53.7 microgrammes of mercury per litre in Mr Kalashnikov’s blood and 56 microgrammes in his wife’s.

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