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death of a key suspect in the assassination of former spy Litvinenko

Dmitry Kovtoun, accused by London of poisoning ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko to death in 2006, has died in Russia as a result of the coronavirus, a Russian MP also suspected of the assassination announced on Saturday (June 4th).

«Sad news, my close and faithful friend Dmitri Kovtoun died suddenly of a serious illness related to coronavirus infectionSaid Andrei Lugovoi, a member of the lower house of the Russian parliament. «It is a terrible and irreparable lossHe continued in a message on his Telegram account.

The public news agency TASS, citing an anonymous relative of the deceased, claimed that Dmitri Kovtoun had died in a Moscow hospital. In September 2021, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that RussiaresponsibleOf the assassination of Alexander Litvinenko, poisoned with polonium-210 in the United Kingdom in 2006, a decision denounced by Moscow.

The Court held that there was “a strong presumptionThat the perpetrators of the poisoning designated by the British investigation, Dmitri Kovtoun and Andrei Lugovoi,acted as agents of the Russian state».

Former FSB agent

Former KGB and then FSB agent Alexander Litvinenko was fired from the Russian security services after sulfurous, often unverifiable revelations. Having obtained asylum in the United Kingdom in 2001, he continued to denounce corruption and alleged links to Russian intelligence with organized crime.

He died on November 23, 2006, a few days after drinking tea with Dmitri Kovtoun and Andrei Lugovoi in a London hotel where significant traces of polonium-210, an extremely toxic radioactive substance, were later found.

His assassination had provoked a serious crisis between the United Kingdom and Russia, which has always denied any involvement.


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