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The Litvinenko Inquiry #11

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GregoryRhysEvans opened this Issue Jun 21, 2016 · 0 comments

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GregoryRhysEvans commented Jun 21, 2016

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This is an inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko and the alleged involvement of Russian intelligence agencies. The inquiry report was released on 21 January 2016. The report found that Litvinenko was killed by two Russian agents, Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun and that there was a “strong probability” they were acting on behalf of the Russian FSB secret service.

The Report outlined five possible motives for the murder: a belief Litvinenko had betrayed the FSB through public disclosures about its work; a belief that he was working for British intelligence; because he was a prominent associate of leading opponents of Mr Putin and his regime, including Mr Boris Berezovsky and Akhmed Zakayev; because his claims about the FSB were “areas of particular sensitivity to the Putin administration”, including a plot to murder dissident Boris Berezovsky; and because there was “undoubtedly a personal dimension to the antagonism" between Litvinenko and Putin, culminating in his allegation that Putin was a paedophile.

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