Litvinenko, Alexander Valterovich

Litvinenko, Alexander Valterovich
▪ 2007

      Russian security agent (b. Dec. 4, 1962, Voronezh, near Moscow, U.S.S.R.—d. Nov. 23, 2006, London, Eng.), investigated domestic organized crime in his role as a member (1988–99) of the KGB (from 1994 the FSB). In 1998 he brought charges of corruption, extortion, and murder against FSB officials. He was arrested, acquitted (1999), rearrested, and eventually sentenced in absentia to nine years in prison. Litvinenko fled (2000) with his family to London, where in 2006 he was granted British citizenship. On Nov. 1, 2006, while he reportedly was investigating the assassination of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya (Politkovskaya, Anna ) (q.v.), Litvinenko became seriously ill. Two days before his agonizing death (apparently from radiation poisoning), he accused Pres. Vladimir Putin and other Russian officials of having poisoned him. After his death Litvinenko's accusation that he had been deliberately poisoned was at least partially confirmed when authorities found traces of radioactive polonium-210 in numerous locations where he had been and in some people with whom he had been in contact.

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