Post-Communist Political Violence: The Poisoning of Aleksandr Litvinenko

  • John B. Dunlop


In 1954, in the period following the death of Stalin, Nikolai Khokhlov, a captain in Soviet state security and a trained assassin, received an order from his superiors to travel to West Germany and kill a Russian émigré, Georgii Okolovich, who was the head of NTS, a well-known anti-Soviet organization. Khokhlov was ordered to murder Okolovich with a silenced pistol that had been made especially for him at the Lubyanka so that it would look like a pack of cigarettes. Instead of assassinating Okolovich, however, Khokhlov decided to defect and to cooperate with West German and American intelligence. At a press conference held shortly afterwards, Khokhlov detailed the history of his life and the plan for the assassination and showed the press the special pistol that he had been given.


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