Britain froze the assets of Russians Lugovoi and Kovtun found guilty in the murder of Litvinenko

The UK authorities consider Lugovoi (left) and Kovtun performers of murder of Litvinenko

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The UK has frozen the assets of the Deputy of the State Duma of Russia Andrei Lugovoi and businessman Dmitry Kovtun, accused of murdering a former officer of the Federal security service of the Russian Federation Alexander Litvinenko.

As reported on the governmental portal UK, the sanctions were imposed on January 22 in accordance with the provisions of the law on the fight against terrorism.

23 Nov 2006 Litvinenko died in University College hospital London from radiation poisoning caused by the ingestion of a radioactive substance – polonium-210. Three weeks before the death of Litvinenko met with his former colleagues, and at that time the Russian businessmen Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun.

Investigation and the court in the case of Litvinenko lasted more than nine years. Was appointed judicial inquiry, public hearings began only in early 2015. According to one version, the motive for the murder of Litvinenko could be the presence of dirt on the representatives of the Russian authorities.

21 January 2016, London’s High court announced the conclusion that the murder of Litvinenko, “probably”, was approved by Nikolai Patrushev, who in 2006 headed the FSB and President Vladimir Putin.

Guilty of murder admitted Lugovoi and Kovtun, who slipped polonium in tea of Litvinenko.

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