Russia responsible for killing of Alexander Litvinenko, says European Court of Human Rights

Alexander Litvinenko
Alexander Litvinenko

Russia denies any involvement in his death.

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The European Court of Human Rights says that Russia was responsible for the killing of Alexander Litvinenko.

The 43-year-old, who had worked for the Russian security services before defecting to the UK, died after drinking tea laced with poison in London in 2006.

A UK public inquiry conducted in 2016 concluded that the killing was "probably approved" by President Putin.

Russia denies any involvement in his death.

The European Court of Human Rights said it had found there was “a strong prima facie case that, in poisoning Mr Litvinenko, Mr Lugovoy and Mr Kovtun had been acting as agents of the Russian State”.