interest in the Litvinenko case is so minimal. In addition, some ofthese journalists find what they call "conspiracy theories" of a "Putinis being framed" variety rather odd, given the "sordid activities" ofthe FSB under Putin.One foreign source, who wishes to remain fully anonymous, pointed tosimilar assassinations conducted by Russian FSB, SVR, and GRU (MilitaryIntelligence) agents "by the light of day" against high value targets.This source specifically pointed to the assassination of ZelimkhanYandarbiev, a writer, poet, and prominent Chechen leader critical ofthe Kremlin, who died in 2004 when a car bomb detonated while he washiding out in Qatar with his family.Qatari secret service officers detained three Russian nationals in thesmall hours, February 19, on suspected assassination involvement. Allthe three were in Qatar on mission. One of the detainees, FirstSecretary of the Russian Embassy, was promptly released due todiplomatic immunity, and came back to Moscow, March 24.The others were indicted, February 26, on suspected premeditatedmurder, unauthorized storage of explosives, and another seven charges.Another example of an alleged FSB assassination is eerily similar tothe way that Anna Politkovskaya was killed. Galina Starovoitova, amember of the Liberal Democratic party serving in the Duma, the lowerbody of Russia's parliament, was shot point blank in her apartmentbuilding in 1998. She was strongly opposed to the FSB and itsleadership, including now-President Vladimir Putin, and the power ofRussian intelligence and military organizations in general within theRussian government.About 10,000 people paid their final respects to Galina Starovoitova.The line was so long that her funeral was delayed so every mournercould have a chance to pass by her casket.The liberal member of parliament was shot to death last Friday as shewalked up the stairs to her apartment. The feisty 52-year-oldgrandmother had planned to run for president in 2000.In yet another example, Russian journalist Yuri PetrovichShchekochikhin, died of a mysterious illness in 2003, later linked tothallium. He was critical of the FSB and was investigating FSB ties toUS energy companies and money laundering activities.RAW STORY earlier reported on the allegations made by Litvinenko andothers concerning the alleged false-flag bombings in Russia during1999. Well placed sources allege that Anna Politkovskaya wasinvestigating the bombings by tracking the funding channels of the pro-Russian advocates in the Chechen leadership. The bombings were allegedto have been orchestrated by the FSB in order to frame the Chechenseparatist movement and justify military action against them. Theinvestigation into the bombings, however, was stopped dead in itstracks when yet another assassination occurred.Sergei Yushenkov was the co-chairman of a formal committee convened tostudy the Russian bombings, which he, like others, came to believe werethe handiwork of the FSB. He was shot point blank in Moscow, near hisapartment.