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Inquiry: Ex-KGB spy Litvinenko may have been poisoned twice

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Marina Litvinenko, center, the widow of former Russian intelligence officer Alexander Litvinenko, leaves for the lunch break in proceedings at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. A British judge opened an inquiry Tuesday into the death of Alexander Litvinenko, declaring the issues raised in the poisoning death of the former Russian intelligence agent to be of the "utmost gravity." Litvinenko, who had become a Britain-based critic of the Kremlin, became violently ill in November 2006 after drinking tea with two Russian men at a London hotel. He died three weeks later. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)


Inquiry: Ex-KGB spy Litvinenko may have been poisoned twice


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By Associated Press
27 January 2015

LONDON (AP) — Former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned with radioactive polonium not once but twice, a British judge was told Tuesday, as an inquiry opened into the slaying one lawyer called an act of nuclear terrorism ordered by Moscow.

Ben Emmerson, attorney for Litvinenko's widow, said the KGB spy turned Kremlin critic was the victim of an "assassination by agents of the Russian state."

He said the 2006 killing "was an act of nuclear terrorism on the streets of a major city which put the lives of numerous other members of the public at risk."

Litvinenko, who had become a Britain-based critic of the Kremlin, fell violently ill on Nov. 1, 2006 after drinking tea with two Russian men at a London hotel. He died three weeks later, aged 43, of "acute radiation syndrome."

Litvinenko's extraordinary killing — and his deathbed statement that he was poisoned on orders from President Vladimir Putin — soured Russian-British relations for years. Judge Robert Owen, who is overseeing the inquiry, said the issues raised by the death "are of the utmost gravity."

No one has ever stood trial for Litvinenko's killing. Britain and the dead man's family have accused Russia of involvement. Moscow denies the claim, and has refused to extradite the two men identified by Britain as the prime suspects.

Robin Tam, the inquiry's legal counsel, said in an opening statement that the inquiry was not a trial whose job was to determine guilt — but that it would try to follow the evidence wherever it led.

Outlining key evidence, Tam said that detectives had found "a large number of positive traces" of the radioactive isotope polonium-210 in London locations visited by Litvinenko and the two suspects: Dmitry Kovtun and former KGB agent Andrei Lugovoi. Ingesting a tiny amount is enough to kill.

Tam said the inquiry would hear evidence that Litvinenko "was poisoned with polonium not once, but twice" and the poisoning "met with at least some success" on both occasions. Litvinenko complained of feeling ill a couple of weeks before he was hospitalized, after an earlier meeting with Kovtun and Lugovoi.

The inquiry would also hear from a witness who says Kovtun asked him if he knew a London cook who could put a "very expensive poison" in Litvinenko's food, Tam said.

Kovtun and Lugovoi have strongly denied involvement in Litvinenko's death. The judge said they have been invited to give evidence to the inquiry by video link from Russia.

Litvinenko's widow, Marina, has said she hopes the inquiry will reveal the long-buried truth about her husband's death.

The investigation first stalled because Russia refused to hand over the suspects, then because British authorities would not disclose secret intelligence evidence. Under the terms of the inquiry, that evidence will be heard, but in secret.

Public hearings at London's Royal Courts of Justice are due to last until April, and Owen said he hoped to publish his findings by the end of the year.

Owen has already said that he has seen secret British government material that "established a prima facie case that the Russian state was responsible" for Litvinenko's death.

Tam said the inquiry would look at Litvinenko's role in Russia's first Chechen war and his later sympathy for the Chechen cause, and would hear evidence that the ex-spy converted to Islam on his deathbed.

He said the inquiry would look at Litvinenko's relationships with the late Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky and with slain journalist Anna Politkovskaya, and his increasingly vocal criticism of the Kremlin.

Tam said the judge would need to ask himself whether such actions would have made Moscow authorities regard him "as an irritant, or worse."

He said the inquiry also would consider whether British security agencies, Berezovsky, underworld figures or Chechens could have been responsible — or even whether Litvinenko's death was an accident or suicide.

Emmerson said these theories were "absurd." He said Litvinenko was killed after exposing links between the Kremlin and organized crime that showed Putin to be "a common criminal dressed up as a head of state."

Emmerson said that when all the evidence had been heard, "Mr. Litvinenko's dying declaration will be borne out as true."

"The trail of polonium traces leads not just from London to Moscow but directly to the door of Vladimir Putin's office," he said.


FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 file photo, Marina Litvinenko, the widow of former Russian intelligence officer Alexander Litvinenko, speaks to the media as she leaves at the end of a pre-inquest review at Camden Town Hall in London. More than eight years on and with the U.K.-Russia relations at their iciest since the Cold War, an inquiry is opening on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 into the killing of the Russian intelligence agent turned Kremlin critic. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)


Marina Litvinenko, the widow of former Russian intelligence officer Alexander Litvinenko, and their son Anatoly leave for the lunch break in proceedings at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. A British judge opened an inquiry Tuesday into the death of Alexander Litvinenko, declaring the issues raised in the poisoning death of the former Russian intelligence agent to be of the "utmost gravity." Litvinenko, who had become a Britain-based critic of the Kremlin, became violently ill in November 2006 after drinking tea with two Russian men at a London hotel. He died three weeks later. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)


Marina Litvinenko, the widow of former Russian intelligence officer Alexander Litvinenko, and their son Anatoly leave for the lunch break in proceedings at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. A British judge opened an inquiry Tuesday into the death of Alexander Litvinenko, declaring the issues raised in the poisoning death of the former Russian intelligence agent to be of the "utmost gravity." Litvinenko, who had become a Britain-based critic of the Kremlin, became violently ill in November 2006 after drinking tea with two Russian men at a London hotel. He died three weeks later. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)


Marina Litvinenko, center, the widow of former Russian intelligence officer Alexander Litvinenko, leaves for the lunch break in proceedings at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. A British judge opened an inquiry Tuesday into the death of Alexander Litvinenko, declaring the issues raised in the poisoning death of the former Russian intelligence agent to be of the "utmost gravity." Litvinenko, who had become a Britain-based critic of the Kremlin, became violently ill in November 2006 after drinking tea with two Russian men at a London hotel. He died three weeks later. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)


A security man stands in Lubyanka Square, with the main building of the Russian Federal Security Service, former KGB headquarters, in the background, in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. A long-awaited inquiry into the death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko opened Tuesday in London with the revelation that the KGB agent turned Kremlin critic may have been poisoned with radioactive polonium not once, as authorities initially thought, but twice. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)


People walk by the main building of the Russian Federal Security Service, former KGB headquarters, in Lubyanka Square in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. A long-awaited inquiry into the death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko opened Tuesday in London with the revelation that the KGB agent turned Kremlin critic may have been poisoned with radioactive polonium not once, as authorities initially thought, but twice. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)


FILE - In this Tuesday, March 12, 2013 file photo, former KGB agent Andrei Lugovoi speaks at a news conference in Moscow, Russia, about the 2006 poisoning in London of former Russian agent turned Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko. A long-awaited inquiry into the death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko opened Tuesday in London with the revelation that the KGB agent turned Kremlin critic may have been poisoned with radioactive polonium not once, as authorities initially thought, but twice. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze, File)


Public inquiry chairman Judge Robert Owen, arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice for the first day of the inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko in London, England, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. British judge Robert Owen opened an inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian intelligence agent who died from radioactive poisoning in London in 2006. Litvinenko, who had become a Britain-based critic of the Kremlin, became violently ill in November 2006 after drinking tea with two Russian men at a London hotel. He died three weeks later. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)


Marina Litvinenko returns to the High Court for the first day of the inquest into the death of her husband, Alexander Litvinenko in London Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. A British judge opened an inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian intelligence agent who died from radioactive poisoning in London in 2006. Litvinenko, who had become a Britain-based critic of the Kremlin, became violently ill in November 2006 after drinking tea with two Russian men at a London hotel. He died three weeks later. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)


Marina Litvinenko returns to the High Court for the first day of the inquest into the death of her husband, Alexander Litvinenko in London, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. A British judge opened an inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian intelligence agent who died from radioactive poisoning in London in 2006. Litvinenko, who had become a Britain-based critic of the Kremlin, became violently ill in November 2006 after drinking tea with two Russian men at a London hotel. He died three weeks later. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)


Marina Litvinenko, centre, returns to the High Court for the first day of the inquest into the death of her husband, Alexander Litvinenko in London, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. A British judge opened an inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian intelligence agent who died from radioactive poisoning in London in 2006. Litvinenko, who had become a Britain-based critic of the Kremlin, became violently ill in November 2006 after drinking tea with two Russian men at a London hotel. He died three weeks later. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)


Marina Litvinenko the widow of former Russian intelligence officer Alexander Litvinenko, leaves for the lunch break in proceedings at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. A British judge opened an inquiry Tuesday into the death of Alexander Litvinenko, declaring the issues raised in the poisoning death of the former Russian intelligence agent to be of the "utmost gravity." Litvinenko, who had become a Britain-based critic of the Kremlin, became violently ill in November 2006 after drinking tea with two Russian men at a London hotel. He died three weeks later. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)


Marina Litvinenko, the widow of former Russian intelligence officer Alexander Litvinenko, and their son Anatoly leave for the lunch break in proceedings at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. A British judge opened an inquiry Tuesday into the death of Alexander Litvinenko, declaring the issues raised in the poisoning death of the former Russian intelligence agent to be of the "utmost gravity." Litvinenko, who had become a Britain-based critic of the Kremlin, became violently ill in November 2006 after drinking tea with two Russian men at a London hotel. He died three weeks later. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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4 comments :

  1. I do not defend Putin or Kremlin. Putin still works on behalf of Kremlin very much, or not. They can defend themselves if needed.

    What I am pointing out over is that Russia took the right stand on international affairs and this is what we should support and align with. They speak and act to bring - equality to voices of nations ...

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  2. Regarding this fellow who was poisoned ... I followed stuff just generally I have no interest to investigate ...
    But if I do I would have to start here....

    1 There are three players here. Kremlin - Rottenchild - Oligarchs. This triangle plays role and let say this little fellow happens to be in the middle. What year did it happen? What was going on already?

    2 Putin kicks Rotten-child in his ass (finally somebody had those guts ...) this was well prepared and contemplated stand of whole Russia and Kremlin (They contemplated it and planed for years before they activated it...no doubt about it..)

    3 Doing that they upset all cabal hoards all around (no wonder ...) Who Khodorkovsky (he is zio as Abrahamovich or others oligarchs....) worked for - NWO? When did he go to jail, in 2003 - and hell was unleashed ...

    4 What does Rotten-childs and NWO aim for since? To discredit Putin as much as possible by all means?

    5 Who would gained fromt that if it comes out that 'Putin' killed Litvienko - Rotten-childs and NWO at first, oligarchs as second....

    We go back to our triangle and we have let say 33% of each taking in account. So we have 66% on those who would gain from Litvienko killed by Putin.....why do not we start there? I would.

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    1. The thing is I do not work for MI 5 and that's why investigation goes to - 33% and ignores those 66%

      ;;;;;;
      Putin can defend himself, I do not need to do it. If Litvienko was spoke's man against Kremlin - he could do it in Russia and create political democratic movement not being supported from abroad and enter a dialogue. Why was he stationed in UK? Well he had to flee from Kremlin - the narrative that helps Rotten-child propaganda that says that in Russia opposition must run away from Russia....

      I see it this way....

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