17 November 2009, 17:29

Kovtun and Lugovoi speak about Litvineko case

A Russian businessman Dmitri Kovtun, and a parliamentarian Andrei Lugovoi, have briefed our correspondent about Litvinenko case. Since 2006, the two men have been the key figures of a story linked to the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko using radioactive polonium-210 and both have been under the suspicion of Scotland Yard.

photo Ria novostiA Russian businessman Dmitri Kovtun, and a parliamentarian Andrei Lugovoi, have briefed our correspondent about Litvinenko case. Since 2006, the two men have been the key figures of a story linked to the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko using radioactive polonium-210 and both have been under the suspicion of Scotland Yard. They were prompted to give the interview by the fact that German prosecutors had dropped charges against Dmitri Kovtun, who had been suspected of the illegal use of the radioactive materials. The story is still not over, since Andrei Lugovoi has not been rehabilitated yet.

The two men, who are suspected of poisoning Litvinenko, described the German prosecutors’ move as a triumph of justice. Dmitri Kovtun believes the move has dealt a blow to the campaign that has been waged in Britain against him.

Dmitri Kovtun says, undoubtedly, that the dropping of the case against him deals a blow to charges brought against Lugovoi in Britain. The investigation carried out in Germany undermines the British investigation, said Dmitri Kovtun.

Andrei Lugovoi, who is still under suspicion, has not given up hopes for full rehabilitation. He believes there is a need to conduct a detailed investigation concerning him, similar to that was carried out by the Germans.

British investigators must present the public and courts all materials that they have concerning the Litvineko case and conduct an investigation, says Andrei Lugovoi. The Germans made no attempts to hide anything and cooperated quite actively with Kovtun and his family members in Hamburg. And they concluded that there was no evidence Kovtun had taken radioactive materials to the apartment. “There is a need to conduct a similar investigation concerning me and that will confirm the above result,” said Andrei Lugovoi.

Andrei Lugovoi believes the Litvinenko case is not being investigated in Britain and it is used for political expediency. According to him, the basic motive of the British accusations is that since Litvinenko criticized Russia’s Federal Security Service or FSB and Vladimir Putin they gave orders to kill him. This is an unfounded accusation. According to Lugovoi, the British are engaged in politics and have ignored the following versions.

There are three basic versions, the involvement of special services, Berezovsky, and the so-called Russian mafia in Spain in this case. In fact, there is a fourth version too. It cannot be excluded that this was a simply an accident for Litvinenko himself. In short, everything is possible since he had been linked to radioactive materials, and there could have been a leak and he had poisoned himself of an accident. This version has the right to exist, said Andrei Lugovoi.

Maria Volkova

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