Sunday, June 05, 2005

Cloak and Dagger

Fascinating. They seem to have uncovered who killed Georgi Markov.

I don't know how well known the case is outside the United Kingdom. It continues to fascinate in Britain, not least because of the unusual method of assassination, which evokes James Bond somewhat (early James Bond, that is, when it used to be good - I'm more of a John Drake man myself but there you go). Everyone knew it was instigated by the Bulgarians, of course, (who seemed, it seems to me at least, to be involved in an amount of wet work rather out of proportion with their size and importance) but it's interesting to have some sort of "closure" on the case and it's interesting to see that in many ways the background to the murder is as colourful as the murder itself.

And the obligatory final, chilling note:

After Zhivkov’s regime collapsed in 1989, a stack of the specially adapted umbrellas was found in the interior ministry.

Loose Umbrellas of Death: The Wave of the Future? Eeek! Somebody call Sam Nunn!

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