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Putin 'probably' approved Litvinenko murder: U.K. inquiry

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 01:42

A British inquiry has found that President Vladimir Putin ''probably'' approved a 2006 Russian intelligence operation to murder ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko with radioactive polonium-210 in London. Nathan Frandino reports.

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When ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned in 2006, he told investigators that it was the work of Russian President Vladimir Putin. And now, a British inquiry says Litvinenko was probably right. The former spy died after drinking green tea laced with a rare radioactive isotope. Inquiry chairman Robert Owen. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ROBERT OWEN, LITVINENKO INQUIRY CHAIRMAN, SAYING: "I have further concluded that the FSB operation to kill Mr Litvinenko was probably approved by Mr Patrushev, then head of the FSB, and also by President Putin." The FSB is Russia's Federal Security Service, the main heir to the KGB. The inquiry also says former KGB bodyguard Andrei Lugovoy and another Russian, Dmitry Kovtun, poisoned Litvinenko. The two deny the accusations. They're in Russia where officials have refused to extradite them. Litvinenko's widow Marina is calling for Britain to punish Russia. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MARINA LITVINENKO, WIDOW OF FORMER KGB SPY SASHA LITVINENKO, SAYING: "I am calling immediately for exclusion from the UK of all Russian intelligence operatives whether from the FSB who murdered Sasha or from other Russian agencies based in the London embassy." The Kremlin has always denied any involvement in Litvinenko's death and declined to cooperate in the inquiry calling it opaque and biased.

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Putin 'probably' approved Litvinenko murder: U.K. inquiry

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 01:42