Dmitry Kovtoun, a key suspect in the assassination of Alexander Litvinenko, has died

Dmitry Kovtoun, a key suspect in the assassination of Alexander Litvinenko, has died


Dmitri Kovtoun, accused by London of having formerly poisoned in 2006 by former spy Alexander Litvinenkodied in Russia as a result of the Covid-19, announced on Saturday, June 4, a member of the Duma who is also suspected in this murder. “Sad news, my close and faithful friend Dmitri Kovtoun died suddenly of a serious coronavirus-related illness.”explained Andrei Lugovoi, Member of the Lower House of the Russian Parliament. “It’s a terrible and irreparable loss.”he continued, in a message on his Telegram account.

Russia’s TASS news agency, quoting an anonymous relative of the deceased, confirmed that Mr Kovtoun had died in a Moscow hospital. In September 2021, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) tried Russia “Responsible” the assassination of Mr. Litvinenko, who was poisoned with polonium-210 in the United Kingdom in 2006; a decision denounced by Moscow. The ECHR had held that it existed “A strong presumption” that the perpetrators of the poisoning designated by the British inquiry, MM. Kovtoun and Lugovoi, “Acted as agents of the Russian state”.

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Exiled to the United Kingdom

Former officer of the State Security Committee (KGB) and then of the Federal Security Service (FSB) of the Russian Federation, M. Litvinenko had been fired from the Russian security services following sulphurous revelations, often unverifiable. 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 MM. Kovtoun and 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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