Way to Die #304
Name of the death is a pun on "radioactivity", "deactivated" and "dead"
"When a spy goes bad, bad things happened. For Anatoli, he got lit up and then went lights out. Dasvidaniya, Comrade."
Date March 24, 1993
Location Los Angeles, California
Episode this death
was featured in
"Cure for the Common Death, Part II"
"Road Killed"
"Moving Violation"

"Radioactivate-dead", Way to Die #304, is the fourth death to be featured in "Cure for the Common Death, Part II", which aired on December 15, 2010.


A Russian spy named Anatoli turns traitor and starts selling secrets to the U.S., clueless that his employers have been watching and photographing him the entire time. Instead of firing him, one worker disguises himself as a vendor where Anatoli went every morning. He puts a lethal dose of Polonium-210, a radioactive substance 250,000 times more toxic than cyanide, into Anatoli's coffee. Within 21 days (3 weeks) he died of acute radiation poisoning.


  • Danno Hanks - FBI Contractor
  • Dr. Vahe Ghazikhanian - Nuclear Physicist

Alternative Name

  • Also known as "Red Scare" on the Spike TV website

Segment Description

Description as seen on the Spike TV website

  • "A Russian spy dies of radiation poisoning caused by a lethal dose of Polonium-210."


  • In 2006, Alexander Litvinenko, who is a former officer of the Russian State security service and later a dissident and writer, died from acute radiation syndrome after being poisoned with Polonium-210. One of his children was named Anatoly interestingly enough.
  • Dasvidaniya means good-bye in Russian.

Segment Nicknames

  • Red Scare (Spike TV)
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