Disinfo: There is no investigation and trials on Litvinenko and Skripals cases


What about the sanctions against us, regarding the Skripals? Nothing is proven at all. The same case with the terrible martyrdom of the poisoned Litvinenko. And who poisoned him? There is no investigation, no trial.


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, Andrey Lugovoy and Dmitriy 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. See here for background information and summary of disinformation narratives about the case.


  • Reported in: Issue184
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: UK, Russia
  • Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Sanctions, Alexander Litvinenko


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