WASHINGTON (Talk Media News) – A 326 page report released Thursday by British Judge Sir Robert Owens concludes that Russian President Vladimir Putin “probably” approved the 2006 murder of ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.
In public remarks amid the report’s release, Owens said that the evidence showed that Litvinenko was killed via polonium-210 laced tea that he had received in a London hotel. The direct perpetrators, the report concludes, were Russian suspects Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun.
Lugovoi and Kovtun had no personal reason to kill Litvinenko, who fled to the UK and became a prominent critic of Putin, Owen’s said.
The operation was likely approved both by Nikolai Patrushev, who was then the head of Russian intelligence force FSB, and Vladimir Putin.