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Marina Litvinenko expects the United Kingdom to limit their contacts with Russia, but there is no hope for imposing immediate sanctions yet. The widow of Alexander Litvinenko, a former lieutenant colonel of the KGB and FSB, who was poisoned in London in 2006, granted an exclusive interview to Belsat TV.
Alexander Litvinenko became widely known in 2006 when a group of FSB officers made public the facts about illegal orders and corruption in the agency. According to Litvinenko and his colleagues, they were ordered to murder, kidnap and injure several persons who prevented Russian power players from cashing in on their positions.
“Sasha [Alexander Litvinenko] clamped it down. He started to professionally expose those schemes instead, because he was a professional.”
Shortly after the press conference Litvinenko was arrested, acquitted, but arrested once again over another criminal case. When Litvinenko was released on bail, he did not wait for one more arrest and left with his family for the UK where he applied for asylum.
It was the late Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky who helped Alexander and Marina flee from Moscow. Earlier Litvinenko’s chiefs ordered him to kill the oligarch.
“Things never sound informal if one is in the boss’ office. ‘Could you kill Berezovsky?’ Sasha was shocked.”
10 years ago, after he met with former FSB officers Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun, Litvinenko landed up in hospital and died in torment. He had symptoms of radiation sickness. According to investigators, irreversible damage to internal organs was caused by polonium-210, a radioactive element that cannot be found on the black market, but can only be taken from a nuclear reactor.
“The people who killed him did not believe that polonium would ever be identified. Sasha’s death was to have been inexplicable – a person dies, but the cause is not clear.”
In spite of a diplomatic conflict, Russia refused to deliver Andrei Lugovoi, who, according to British investigators, added polonium to Litvinenko’s tea and left radioactive traces around London. Instead of being detained, Lugovoi was awarded the medal ‘For Merit to the Fatherland’. Andrei Lugovoi is an MP representing the Liberal Democratic Party and a co-author of the law on the pre-trial blocking of web pages.
“I want to talk about notorious Navalny [Russian oppositionist].”
Litvinenko got poisoned after he publicly accused Vladimir Putin of his implication in the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya.
“It is the Russian President Putin who killed Anya. She told me Putin used threats.”
In the course of open court hearings held in London in January 2016, it was recognized that the responsibility for the death of Alexander Litvinenko is on the Russian government and the murder was ‘probably’ approved by President Vladimir Putin and the then FSB chief Nikolai Patrushev.
Yaraslau Stseshyk/MS, Belsat TV