Vladimir Putin ‘orders killer of killer who poisoned Alexander Litvinenko’ – World News

The death of Dmitry Kovtun, who is wanted in Britain for the murder of Alexander Litvinenkod, was revealed on Saturday and claims were made by Telegram channel General SVR, citing internal sources in the Kremlin

Dmitry Kovtun (left) wanted in Britain for the murder of Alexander Litvineko
Dmitry Kovtun (left) wanted in Britain for the murder of Alexander Litvineko

Startling claims have been made that one of Russia’s most notorious “poisoners” has been assassinated because he was suspected of being linked to the intelligence services of an “unfriendly” country.

The death of Dmitry Kovtun, aged 56, was announced on Saturday, with the official cause being that he had died of Covid complications.

He was wanted in the UK for the 2006 murder of Alexander Litvinenko – a prime enemy of Vladimir Putin – reportedly with polonium-210.

The murder allegation comes from the Telegram channel General SVR, which – without offering any evidence – claims to have inside sources in the Kremlin.

“The decision to liquidate Kovtun was made three days before his death after a report by Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolai Patrushev to Russian President Vladimir Putin, which indicated Kovtun’s connection with the secret service of an unfriendly country,” claimed the channel.







Kovtun was wanted in Britain for the murder of Alexander Litvinenko
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“This is the fastest implementation of a ‘traitor’ liquidation after the decision has been made.

“It used to take at least two months to prepare for such an operation.”

The report gave no further details and did not indicate which foreign intelligence agency was referred to.

Kovtun, along with ex-FSB official Andrei Lugovoy – now an ultra-nationalist MP – was accused of spiked Litvinenko’s tea in a London hotel with polonium-210.







Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of the Security Council
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After the poisoning allegation, questions remained about the health of businessman Kovtun.

Lugovoy said Saturday that Kovtun “died suddenly as a result of a serious illness related to coronavirus infection.”

“This is an irreplaceable and heavy loss for us.

“From the bottom of my heart I offer my deepest condolences to all of Dima’s (Dmitry) relatives and friends.”







Kovtun, along with ex-FSB employee Andrei Lugovoy (pictured), have been accused of spiked Litvinenko’s tea in a London hotel with polonium-210
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Kovtun, who had been a KGB agent – like Lugovoy and Litvinenko – died in a Moscow hospital, he said.

He later moved to Hamburg, where he applied for political asylum.

His ex-wife said he dreamed of becoming a porn star and had a drinking problem.

Britain said he and Lugovoy were working for the Russian state and acting under orders when Litvinenko was poisoned with polonium-210 at the Millennium Hotel in Mayfair.







Dmitry Kovtun (left) wanted in Britain for the murder of Alexander Litvineko
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Litvinenko died at the age of 43 on November 23, 2006, more than three weeks after the initial poisoning.

An infamous photo of him was published three days before his death – lying in bed without hair.

It was alleged that he had provided valuable information to Western intelligence agencies.

A British public inquiry in 2016 concluded that Litvinenko’s murder was “probably personally authorized” by Putin.

Both suspects have repeatedly denied the British allegations.

Russia refused to extradite the couple to stand trial in London.

General SVR claims to be authored by an exiled Kremlin Lieutenant General insider known by the pseudonym Viktor Mikhailovich.

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