Russia Warns Against Politicization Of Litvinenko Case
Grosvenor Square, one of the site in London where traces of polonium were found (AFP)
December 21, 2006 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned countries involved in investigating the killing of the former intelligence officer Aleksandr Litvinenko of "excessive politicizing."
Litvinenko died in London in November after being poisoned with polonium-210, a radioactive substance that has been found in locations in London and Germany.
British and German police have both launched investigations.
Aleksandr Litvinenko: A Timeline
CLOAK AND DAGGER: A timeline of a murder case that unraveled after Andrei Litvinenko, a former Russian security officer and vocal Kremlin critic, dies on November 23, 2006, of poisoning by radioactive isotope polonium-210.
In a deathbed letter, Litvinenko blames Russian President Vladimir Putin for his death -- a claim Putin condemns.
Investigators center on two meetings in London that Litvinenko had described -- one in which he met with two Russians for tea in London, and another in which he met with a third Russian at a sushi bar.
Six months later, British prosecutors announce they have enough evidence to charge a Russian citizen -- one of the men who had met with Litvinenko for tea -- with the murder ...more...