Poisoning of Ukrainian leader shows Russia's germ weapons at work
The fate of presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko should prompt the rest of the world to take another look at Russia's ongoing clandestine, illegal covert biological and chemical weapons program.
Despite revelations from high-level defectors, Russian scientists, Russian and American journalists and others, the United States has declined to make an issue of Moscow's continued germ warfare research and development.
The pro-Western Yushchenko defeated the Kremlin-backed candidate, Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich, in November 21 elections marred with a fraudulent result that made the pro-Russian prime minister look like the winner.
Yushchenko survived two assassination attempts during the campaign: once when someone "arranged" for him to be in an automobile accident, and a second time in September when he was poisoned.
Car accidents and poisoning are standard KGB assassination tradecraft, both inside the former Soviet Union and abroad.
The poisoning initially gave Yushchenko symptoms of a stroke and subsequently has caused his face to swell and deteriorate.
Following the contested vote, Russian Vityaz commandos, dressed in Ukrainian uniforms, reportedly arrived at Ukraine's largest commercial airport.