Disinfo: Litvinenko and Skripals cases were not brought to court


A new scandalous poisoning case is doing the rounds in the European press, this time of Imane Fadil, a Moroccan model who was allegedly a regular guest at former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s parties. The Litvinenko and Skripal cases are dragged up, thus alleging Russian involvement.  Any big case has to have Russia involvement. However, both cases were not even brought to court. There is no motive for either Berlusconi or the Russian security bodies to kill Fadil. The media are not interested in the lack of a good motive just as in the Skripal case.


This is recurring disinformation about the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko and the Skripals.

In fact, both cases have been subject to the following procedures in the British courts.

On 21 January 2016, Sir Robert Owen presided over a High-Court inquiry into the death of British citizen/Russian defector, Alexander Litvinenko. A report into Mr Litvinenko's death was presented. It found that two Russian men, Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun, deliberately poisoned Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006 by putting a radioactive substance, polonium-210, into his drink at a hotel. A few chapters of the report are dedicated to the responsibility of the Russian side. Amongst other things, the report says that "taking full account of all the evidence and analysis available to me, I find that the FSB operation to kill Mr Litvinenko was probably approved by Mr Patrushev and also by President Putin".

As for the Skripal case, after a hearing in the Court of Protection, British High Court Justice David Williams issued an approved judgement about what had happened to the Skripals around three weeks after their poisoning.


  • Reported in: Issue 143
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/03/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Italy, UK, Russia
  • Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Anti-Russian, Alexander Litvinenko


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