Russia is behind Litvinenko murder - European rights court rules

Russia is behind Litvinenko murder - European rights court rules

The European Court of Human Rights found on Tuesday September 21, that Russia is responsible for the assassination of ex-KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko, who died an agonising death in 2006 after being poisoned in London with a rare radioactive substance.

Litvinenko, a defector who had become a vocal critic of the Kremlin, died three weeks after drinking green tea laced with polonium-210 at a plush London hotel.

Britain has long blamed the attack on Moscow, and the European court in Strasbourg, France, agreed, saying that “Mr. Litvinenko’s assassination was imputable to Russia”, its statement said.

The image of Litvinenko, 43, lying on his bed at London’s University College Hospital, yellow, gaunt, and with hair fallen out, was emblazoned across British and other Western newspapers.

From his deathbed, Litvinenko told detectives he believed President Vladimir Putin, a former KGB spy who went on to head the contemporary FSB before rising to become Russia’s leader, had directly ordered his killing.

The use of a rare radioactive isotope on the streets of London, apparently to settle scores, plunged Anglo-Russian relations and Western mistrust of the Kremlin to what was then a post-Cold War low.Latest Post