DOWNLOAD OUR APP
IndiaOnline playstore
05:28 PM | Thu, 29 Sep 2016

Download Our Mobile App

Download Font

Putin 'probably' approved ex-Russian spy murder

251 Days ago

London: The murder of ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in 2006 in Britain was "probably" approved by President Vladimir Putin, an inquiry has found.

Putin is likely to have signed off the poisoning of Litvinenko with polonium-210 in part due to personal "antagonism" between the pair, it said, BBC reported.

Home Secretary Theresa May said the murder was a "blatant and unacceptable" breach of international law.

But the Russian Foreign Ministry said the public inquiry was "politicised".

It said: "We regret that the purely criminal case was politicised and overshadowed the general atmosphere of bilateral relations."

Dmitry Preskov, Putin's spokesman, said Moscow's official response to the report will happen through "diplomatic channels", the Russian news agency Interfax was quoted as saying.

Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain would have to go on having "some sort of relationship with them (Russia)" because of the Syria crisis, but it would be done with "clear eyes and a very cold heart".

The long-awaited report into Litvinenko's death found that two Russian men - Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun - deliberately poisoned the 43-year-old in London in 2006 by putting the radioactive substance polonium-210 into his drink at a hotel.

Sir Robert Owen, the public inquiry chairman, said he was "sure" Litvinenko's murder had been carried out by the two men and that they were probably acting under the direction of Moscow's FSB intelligence service, and approved by the organisation's chief, Nikolai Patrushev, as well as the Russian president.

He said Litvinenko's work for British intelligence agencies, his criticism of the FSB and Putin, and his association with other Russian dissidents were possible motives for his killing. (IANS)

Viewed 73 times
  • SHARE THIS
  • TWEET THIS
  • SHARE THIS
  • E-mail
You might also want to read

Our Media Partners

app banner

REVOLUTIONARY ONE-STOP ALL-IN-1 MARKETING & BUSINESS SOLUTIONS

  • Digital Marketing
  • Website Designing
  • SMS Marketing
  • Catalogue Designing & Distribution
  • Branding
  • Offers Promotions
  • Manpower Hiring
  • Dealers
    Retail Shops
    Online Sellers

  • Distributors
    Wholesalers
    Manufacturers

  • Hotels
    Restaurants
    Entertainment

  • Doctors
    Chemists
    Hospitals

  • Agencies
    Brokers
    Consultants

  • Coaching Centres
    Hobby Classes
    Institutes

  • All types of
    Small & Medium
    Businesses

  • All types of
    Service
    Providers

FIND OUT MORE