AW: [ RadSafe ] From Russia with love...Thallium Poisons U.S. Mother, Daughter in Moscow

Franz Schönhofer franz.schoenhofer at
Thu Mar 8 11:47:54 CST 2007


There was a similar thread after the first news came, that Mr. Litwinenko
was poisoned by Thallium, alternatively Tl-201. Both is nonsense, because
both nonradioactive Tl and Tl-201 can be detected in urine within a few
minutes. The same is btw true for Po-210 using LSC methods, if it has been
adminstered in lethal concentrations. Therefore I cannot understand, why
doctors of Litwinenko suspected a Tl poisoning - which could have been
excluded as mentioned within a few minutes. 

I as well as millions of other people have been subjected to so called
"stress tests" in cardiological investigations. The amount of Tl-201 used
would in no way produce any health consequences, the amount of "poisonous"
elemental or rather ionic poisonous Tl is ridiculously low. I mentioned that
some time ago on RADSAFE. 

Cui bono? To what advantage? Answer: to the massmedia distributing these
sensations in order to raise their sale of newspapers and their "impact
factor" and therefore income from advertising.

Thank you anyway for forwarding these news!


Franz Schoenhofer, PhD
MinRat i.R.
Habicherg. 31/7
A-1160 Wien/Vienna

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Mother,Daughter in Moscow
  Thallium Poisons U.S. Mother, Daughter in Moscow (Update3) 

  By Bradley Cook and Henry Meyer
  March 6 (Bloomberg) -- A mother and daughter from the U.S. have been
hospitalized in Moscow after being poisoned with thallium, Russian officials
said. The U.S. Embassy confirmed that the two are in a hospital. 
  Embassy officials are in contact with the family of Marina and Yana
Kovoletsky and are providing assistance, an embassy spokeswoman said today
by telephone. She declined to give her name, citing government policy. 
  The women were taken Feb. 24 to the Sklifosovsky clinic, where it took
doctors four days to determine they had been poisoned with thallium, said
the Moscow branch of the sanitary inspection agency, Rospotrebnadzor.
Thallium is a highly toxic metallic element used in products ranging from
photocells to rat poison. 
  Moscow police are tracing the women's movements before they were
hospitalized and testing people they came into contact with, the Interfax
news agency said. Investigators said the women, who were born in the Soviet
Union in 1958 and 1981 and emigrated to the U.S. in 1989, could have been
poisoned before entering Russia and may seek the help of U.S. law
enforcement officials, the news service said. 
  Only a small circle of people would be capable of getting their hands on
thallium, said Lev Fyodorov, head of the Union for Chemical Safety, a
Russian nongovernmental organization. He added that the case deserved close
  The radioactive isotope thallium-201 was used in 2003 to assassinate
Russian lawmaker and journalist Yuri Shchekochikhin, who wrote about
organized crime and corruption in Moscow. 
  Condition Serious 
  The women are in ``moderately serious'' condition, Rospotrebnadzor said. 
  In November last year, Alexander Litvinenko, a Kremlin critic who had
worked in Russia's FSB intelligence agency, died in a London hospital after
exposure to a rare radioactive substance, polonium-210. The British doctors
treating him initially suspected thallium poisoning. 
  In a deathbed statement, Litvinenko accused Russian President Vladimir
Putin of ordering his murder, an accusation the Kremlin later called
  To contact the reporters on this story: Bradley Cook in Moscow at
bcook7 at ; Henry Meyer in Moscow at hmeyer4 at 
Last Updated: March 6, 2007 11:52 EST 

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