ECHR: Russia Responsible for Assassination of Litvinenko

Russia was responsible for assassination of Aleksandr Litvinenko in the UK, – European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled.

According to ECHR, a public inquiry in the UK found that the assassination had been carried out by a certain Mr Lugovoy and a Mr Kovtun, who had been acting as agents of the Russian Federation. Moreover, the Court found that an effective domestic investigation capable of leading to the establishment of the facts and, where appropriate, the identification and punishment of those responsible for the murder had not been carried out in the Russian state.

Aleksandr Litvinenko worked for the Soviet state security service (KGB) and Russian Federal Security Service (FSB). In 1998 he revealed allegations that “he had been asked to examine the possibility of assassinating a wealthy businessman”, which resulted in firing him from the security service and fled from Russia. Litvinenko and his family were granted asylum in the UK and later in 2006 acquired British citizenship.

Aleksandr Litvinenko died on November 23, 2006 after hospitalizing him with the symptoms of vomiting, abdominal pain and bloody diarrhoea. After his hospitalization, it was suspected that he had been poisoned. “The cause of death was established to be acute radiation syndrome caused by very high levels of polonium 210, which had entered the body as a soluble compound via ingestion,” – released judgement document reads.