Russia responsible for Litvinenko killing, court finds

The European Court of Human Rights found that Russia was responsible for the assassination of ex-KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko, who died an agonizing death in 2006 after being poisoned in London with a rare radioactive substance.

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Russia was responsible for Litvinenko killing, European court rules | DW News

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that Russian agents were tasked with the assassination of Alexander Litvinenko in the UK.

Kremlin critic Litvinenko died in 2006 in the UK after drinking green tea laced with poison at London’s Millennium Hotel. The substance in question was found to be Polonium-210, a rare radioactive material.

Litvinenko had worked for the Russian security services before he defected and was granted asylum in the UK. Along with his now widowed wife, Marina Litvinenko, he was granted UK nationality before his assassination.

Russia has always denied its involvement in the death of Litvinenko, who became a prominent critic of the Kremlin’s intelligence services and involved in exposing corruption.

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Marina Litvinenko: European Court finding ‘sends a great message’

Marina Litvinenko says that the European Court finding is a strong message to the world ‘not to give up’ against Russian actions.

Her husban Alexander, 43, had been an outspoken critic of the Kremlin before he died after drinking a green tea laced with poison at London’s plush Millennium hotel in 2006.

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