EU Rules Russia Responsible for Litvinenko Murder

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that Russia was behind the 2006 murder of ex-KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko in London using poison.

“The Court found in particular that there was a strong prima facie case that, in poisoning, Mr.Litvinenko, Mr. Lugovoy, and Mr. Kovtun had been acting as agents of the Russian State. It noted that the Government had failed to provide any other satisfactory and convincing explanation of the events or counter the findings of the UK inquiry,” said the ECHR.

Litvinenko died aged weeks after drinking green tea laced with rare radioactive isotope Polonium 210  while staying at a hotel in London. 

Russia however denied the ruling and dismissed any connection to the murder. 

“The ECHR hardly has the authority or technological capacity to possess information on the matter. There are still no results from this investigation and making such claims is at the very least unsubstantiated,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.


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