A cheery Bush Administration announced that the more normalized Russia of Putin is being welcomed to the World Trade Organization. The signing was timed to take place before a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President George W. Bush, who both took part in the APEC summit, on Sunday. George Bush was seen leaving for the meeting wearing his kneepads.
And, I almost forgot to mention. Some more unpleasantness in this morning's Telegraph.
Leading Russian critic of Putin's regime is poisoned in London
By Andrew Alderson, Chief Reporter and James Glover, Sunday Telegraph
Last Updated: 12:47pm GMT 19/11/2006
Scotland Yard has launched an investigation into an audacious attempt to murder – using a deadly poison – a leading Russian defector at a restaurant in London.
Alexander Litvinenko defected to Britain six years ago
Alexander Litvinenko, a former colonel in the Russian secret service and a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin, was seriously ill under armed guard at a London hospital last night.
Mr Litvinenko, 50, who used to work for the Federal Security Bureau (FSB, the former KGB), fell ill after meeting a contact at Itsu, a sushi restaurant in Piccadilly. The woman journalist claimed to have information on the murder of Anna Politkovskaya, 48, the outspoken journalist who was killed at her Moscow apartment last month.
A close friend of Mr Litvinenko said last night: "Alexander has no doubt that he was poisoned at the instigation of the Russian government." He has been living at a secret address in London with his wife and son because he feared he might be targeted by political opponents.