Alexander Litvinenko served in the Russian military for more than 20 years achieving the ranks of Lieutenant-Colonel. In 1999 he was arrested and imprisoned on charges that were later dismissed. After continuing further charges (equally dismissed), he escaped from Russia, and lived with his family in Great Britain, where he was granted political asylum in 2001.
'A book that should contain a very serious health warning on the cover.' Andrew Marr, Sunday AM 'Tightly argued.' Sunday Times Best Current Affairs Book 'Frightening.' Sunday Telegraph 'Disturbing reading.' Mail on Sunday 'One of the severest attacks on the present Russian leadership in print.' Tribune 'Rich in political intrigue.' Good Book Guide 'Pull-no-punches expose.' Independent 'Iconic.' Sunday Business Post (Ireland) 'Was Litvinenko murdered because of this book?' Irish Independent 'For clues as to who wanted Alexander Litvinenko dead, you need look no farther than - Blowing up Russia.' Oleg Gordievsky The Times 'Blowing up Russia demands our attention.' Nicholas Shakespeare Daily Telegraph 'A vivid condemnation of the Putin regime as has yet been written.' Sunday Times 'A spy shocker.' Western Morning News 'Crucially important.' Robert Service, Professor of Russian History Oxford University