Russia lagged Alexander Litvinenko poisoning, ECHR guidelines

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    Alexander Litvinenko is pictured at the Intensive Care Unit of University College Hospital on November 20, 2006 in London, England. The 43-year-old former KGB spy who died on Thursday, 23rd November, accused Russian President Vladimir Putin in the involvement of his death. Mr Litvinenko died following the presence of the radioactive polonium-210 in his body. Russia's foreign intelligence service has denied any involvement in the case.

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    Pictures of a frantically ill Litvinenko on his deathbed stunned the world (Picture: PA)

    The European Court of Human Rights has actually ruled that Russia was accountable for the assassination of Alexander Litvinenko in the UK.

    The previous Russian representative and whistleblower suffered an agonising death after being poisoned in 2006.

    Scientists exposed he consumed green tea laced with the unusual and extremely powerful radioactive isotope at London’s MillenniumHotel

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    His murder was thought to have actually been personally signed off by Russian President Vladimir Putin, however Moscow has actually constantly rejected any participation.

    Litvinenko, an outspoken critic of Putin, left his homeland for Britain 6 years to the day prior to he was poisoned.

    Pictures of him looking frantically ill on his deathbed stunned the world.

    Litvinenko, 43, was an outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin (Picture: AP)

    The event was referred to as a nuclear attack on British soil and released a global scandal as numerous others were likewise polluted by the extremely radioactive polonium that had actually been utilized in the killing.

    A British inquiry concluded in 2016 that Putin probably approved a Russian intelligence operation to murder Litvinenko.

    The inquiry also found that former KGB bodyguard Andrei Lugovoy and another Russian, Dmitry Kovtun, carried out the killing as part of an operation most likely directed by Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), the main successor to the Soviet-era KGB.

    The European Court of Human Right’s (ECHR) ruling said: ‘Russia was responsible for assassination of Aleksandr Litvinenko in the UK,’ the ruling said.

    ‘The Court found in particular that there was a strong prima facie case that, in poisoning Mr Litvinenko, Mr Lugovoi and Mr Kovtun had been acting as agents of the Russian State.’

    On his deathbed, Mr Litvinenko pointed the finger at Mr Putin – and named former colleagues Kovtun and Lugovoi as the men who poisoned him.

    He died three weeks after drinking the poisoned tea.

    In the 2016 inquiry, Mr Litvinenko’s work for British intelligence, criticism of the FSB and Mr Putin, and his association with other dissidents such as Boris Berezovsky were pointed to as likely motives.

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