Putin probably approved London murder of Litvinenko - British inquiry

Thu Jan 21, 2016 9:45am GMT
 

LONDON Jan 21 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin probably approved a Russian intelligence operation to murder ex-KBG agent Alexander Litvinenko, a judge led-British inquiry into the 2006 killing in London concluded.

There was personal antagonism between the men and Putin and members of his administration had motives for killing him, the inquiry said. The Kremlin has always denied any involvement.

Litvinenko, 43, an outspoken critic of Putin who fled Russia six years before his murder, died after drinking green tea laced with the rare radioactive isotope polonium-210 at a London hotel.

The poisoners were former KGB bodyguard turned lawmaker Andrei Lugovoy and fellow Russian Dmitry Kovtun, the report by senior judge Robert Owen said. Both men have denied involvement. (Reporting by Michael Holden; writing by Kate Holton; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)