Putin is accused of assassinating the Russian ‘poisoner’ who killed spy Alexander Litvinenko after claiming he died of Covid

VLADIMIR Putin has been accused of murdering a Russian “poisoner” who killed spy Alexander Litvinenko.

Dmitry Kovtun died aged 56 from complications from Covid complications, it was claimed on Saturday.

It was previously claimed that Kovtun died of Covid


It was previously claimed that Kovtun died of CovidPhoto credit: East2West
Telegram channel General SVR accused Putin of Kovtun's death


Telegram channel General SVR accused Putin of Kovtun’s deathPhoto credit: AFP
Alexander Litvinenko died three weeks after the poisoning


Alexander Litvinenko died three weeks after the poisoningPhoto credit: Getty

But it was claimed today that he was in fact murdered because he was suspected of having links to the secret service of an “unfriendly” country.

The claim was made by Telegram channel General SVR, which – without offering any evidence – claims to have inside sources in the Kremlin.

It said: “The decision to liquidate Kovtun was made three days before his death after a report by Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolai Patrushev to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who indicated Kovtun’s connection with the secret service of an unfriendly one Country.

“This is the fastest implementation of a ‘traitor’ liquidation after the decision has been made.

“It used to take at least two months to prepare for such an operation.”

The report gave no further details and did not indicate which foreign intelligence agency was referred to.

Kovtun was wanted in Britain in 2006 for the murder of Alexander Litvinenko – a leading Putin enemy.

Kovtun, along with ex-FSB official Andrei Lugovoy – now an ultra-nationalist MP – was accused of spiked polonium-210 in Litvinenko’s tea in a London hotel.

After the poisoning allegation, questions remained about the health of businessman Kovtun.

Lugovoy said Saturday that Kovtun “died suddenly as a result of a serious illness related to coronavirus infection.”

“This is an irreplaceable and heavy loss for us.

“From the bottom of my heart I offer my deepest condolences to all of Dima’s (Dmitry) relatives and friends.”

Kovtun, who had been a KGB agent – like Lugovoy and Litvinenko – died in a Moscow hospital, he said.

His ex-wife said he dreamed of becoming a porn star and had a drinking problem.

Britain said he and Lugovoy were working for the Russian state and acting under orders when Litvinenko was poisoned with polonium-210 at the Millennium Hotel in Mayfair.

Litvinenko died on November 23, 2006 at the age of 43, more than three weeks after the initial poisoning.

An infamous photo of him was published three days before his death – lying in bed without hair.

It was alleged that he had provided valuable information to Western intelligence agencies.

Both suspects have repeatedly denied the British allegations.

They were both sanctioned, but Russia has always refused to allow their extradition for a trial in Britain.

A British public inquiry in 2016 concluded that Litvinenko’s murder was “probably authorized” by Putin himself.

Litvinenko’s widow Marina recently told Sun Online she hopes Putin will finally be convicted for ordering her husband’s murder and accused the West of not doing enough to stop Russia’s war in Ukraine.

She added that Alexander predicted such irrational behavior for Putin.

Kovtun died at the age of 56, it was confirmed on Saturday


Kovtun died at the age of 56, it was confirmed on SaturdayPhoto credit: East2West
Andrey Lugovoy confirmed Kovtun's death in Moscow


Andrey Lugovoy confirmed Kovtun’s death in MoscowPhoto credit: East2West

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