Dunkerley says he decided to release the title now as an e-book in response to the ongoing crisis playing out in Ukraine. According to Dunkerley, "People are being barraged with various fabricated stories of what's happening in Ukraine today. They probably don't realize they're not getting reliable accounts. The Phony Litvinenko Murder illustrates how a news story can go mainstream even without a factual basis. I hope that as in e-book this revelation will be accessible to a greater audience."
In 2007 Dunkerley was commissioned by the organizers of the World Congress of the International Federation of Journalists to study the media coverage of Litvinenko's death. Dunkerley's book recounts the results of his research and updates his findings.
Media reports of the day, Dunkerley says, called Litvinenko a former KGB spy, and reported that he made a deathbed accusation that Russian president Vladimir Putin had poisoned him. But Dunkerley reveals in his book that Litvinenko never did KGB espionage work, and the so-called deathbed accusation was a hoax. "A former Soviet citizen later confessed that it was he who wrote the words, not Litvinenko, and also admitted there was no evidence to back up his accusation against Putin," Dunkerley said. He added, "What's more, the London coroner has never ruled that Litvinenko's death was even a homicide." "The Litvinenko case was a big-time phony story," Dunkerley concludes.
Dunkerley is a media business analyst and consultant based in New Britain, Connecticut. He works extensively in countries of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Dunkerley also is a senior fellow at the American University in Moscow.
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