The Kremlin Refused to Listen to the ECHR's Decision on Litvinenko
OREANDA-NEWS. Russia will not comply with the decision of the European Court of Human Rights, which ordered the Russian authorities to pay €100 thousand. Maria Carter (Marina Litvinenko), the widow of former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko, who died in 2006 in the UK. This was stated by the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, the correspondent of RBC reports.
"We are not ready to listen to such decisions," he said. Peskov explained that there are still no results of the investigation into Litvinenko's death. The spokesman added that the ECHR is unlikely to "have the authority or technological capabilities to have information on this matter."
"Therefore, it is at least unfounded to make such statements [about Russia's involvement in Litvinenko's death],"- he concluded.
In November 2006, Litvinenko died from poisoning with the radioactive substance polonium-210. In January 2016, Britain announced the results of a public investigation into Litvinenko's death. Experts concluded that he was poisoned by a former FSB officer (and now a State Duma deputy from the LDPR) Andrey Lugovoy and a former GRU employee (and now a businessman) Dmitry Kovtun. The High Court in London said that the murder operation "was, in all probability, approved" by the Russian leadership.
The ECHR ruled that the guilt of Lugovoy and Kovtun is not questioned. The ECHR recalled that the Russian prosecutor's office conducted an investigation of what happened in London, but did not provide any data to the European court. As a result, it was concluded that " the investigation was ineffective."
The Russian authorities have repeatedly denied involvement in Litvinenko's death. In addition, Moscow stated that it was impossible to extradite Lugovoi to the UK, since this contradicts the country's Constitution.