Originally Posted by Ryn
To the point: Politkovskaya was murdered just before an important EU-Russia summit in here (Finland is currenly holding the EU Presidency). Litvinenko was poisoned just before an other EU-Russia summit last weekend. I'm not sure the government would time these highly public assasinations just before Putin has to present himself in front of hundreds of journalists and dozens of EU politicians, everyone talking about the assasinations. The timing of both murders would suggest that someone, perhaps in Russia, wants to harm Putins government by making them look guilty. Or perhaps Putin & co are just very cocky?
There's a lot of speculation in the German media, too, that a renegade FSB officer might be behind both murders. It's hard to say, though. From what I've gathered, Litvinenko was very into "conspiracy theories", e.g., the ex-KGB was behind 9/11, so he may have just p.o.'d former colleagues.