January 20, 2007 |
An exiled Russian billionaire said he would be willing to speak to Russian police investigating the death of former spy Alexander Litvinenko -- but only if they are first checked for weapons and poison. Boris Berezovsky, a fierce critic of the Kremlin, was a friend of Litvinenko, who died in November several weeks after falling ill with what was later determined to be radiation poisoning.
January 27, 2007 |
Police have concluded that the radioactive polonium-210 that poisoned a former Russian spy was added to his tea at a London hotel, British and American television stations reported. Investigators have identified the teapot believed to have contained the radioactive tea, which eventually killed Alexander Litvinenko in November, Sky News said, citing unnamed Scotland Yard officials. ABC News had a similar report, citing an unidentified official.
January 15, 2008 |
A British cultural organization reopened offices in two cities in defiance of an order to close, drawing an angry response from Russia, which promised punitive measures. Britain's ambassador said any action against the British Council in St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg would violate international law. The council, which acts as the cultural arm of the British Embassy, reopened its offices after the holidays. Ties between Britain and Russia are badly frayed by the 2006 poisoning death in London of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko.
July 17, 2007 |
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's government ordered the expulsion of four Russian diplomats Monday over the Kremlin's refusal to extradite the key suspect in the fatal poisoning of a former KGB spy. Alexander Litvinenko died Nov. 23 in a London hospital after ingesting radioactive polonium-210. In a deathbed statement, the 43-year-old accused Russian President Vladimir V. Putin of being behind his killing.
March 31, 2007 |
Exiled Russian "oligarch" Boris Berezovsky, a prominent critic of the Kremlin who has fought extradition to his country for years, agreed to be questioned here Friday by a Russian investigator examining the killing of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko. The outspoken billionaire has been waging a free-spending campaign to unseat President Vladimir V. Putin, whose government he believes is behind Litvinenko's death.
December 28, 2006 |
Russian prosecutors said Wednesday that Leonid Nevzlin, a former top manager of the Yukos business empire, may have ordered the poisoning of former Russian KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko. "A version is being looked at that those who ordered these crimes could be the same people who are on an international wanted list for serious and very serious crimes, one of whom is ... Leonid Nevzlin," the Russian prosecutor general's office said in a statement posted on its website, www.genproc.gov.ru.