ALEXANDER Litvinenko’s widow has accused the West of doing too little to make Vladimir Putin pay late for his crimes.
Marina’s husband was a former director of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) – and he became one of Putin’s most prominent critics before he was fatally poisoned in London in November 2006.
Speaking to The Sun Online, Alexander’s widow Marina Litvinenko expressed her hope that 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.
“Before he died, my husband said in an article that if you don’t stop Putin, he could start a nuclear war,” Marina said.
“He said if you don’t stop these people, it could lead to a third world war.
“He believed Putin would be stopped, but here we are, 16 years later.”
She also said Alexander predicted such irrational behavior for Putin – with questions now being asked about the crazed tyrant’s apparently ailing physical and mental health.
“In the late 1990s he did [Alexander] trying to get ordinary Russians to take notice of the FSB’s attempts to take over the country,” she said.
“The Soviet secret service KGB was never destroyed. Former officers like Putin took control of Russian companies, politics, finances.
“Politics became more like the security service.”
Marina said she hoped increased scrutiny of Putin’s regime amid the terrible war in Ukraine and his cronies would result in more evidence about her husband’s death being released.
“I hope we find out who killed my husband,” she said.
In September last year, the European Court of Human Rights officially found Russia responsible for Litvinenko’s death.
The 44-year-old former Russian spy was killed in London and died an agonizing death three weeks after he spilled radioactive polonium-210 in his cup of tea.
I hope we find out who killed my husband
He had fled to Britain after criticizing President Putin and after his death it was revealed he had been paid by MI6.
It has been suggested that his assassination was personally sanctioned by Putin, something the Kremlin has always denied.
Two of his cronies, Dmitri Kovtun and Andrei Lugovoi, were accused of carrying out the attack.
The couple, both of whom face US sanctions, are wanted in Britain for Litvinenko’s murder.
And Marina warned that Putin is not the only dangerous figure in the Kremlin – with many other potentially terrible tyrants poised to take power.
One figure she called “dramatically worse” than Putin is Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of Russia’s Security Council and former director of the FSB.
She described Putin as a “crazy person” and said Patrushev could line up as either his successor or his temporary deputy if the Russian dictator is forced to take his time treating him.
Marina accused Patrushev of being behind a series of apartment bombings in Russia blamed on Chechen terrorists, which Putin used in 1999 to bolster his own power.
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She warned that an uprising in Russia was unlikely, but called for the country to be further isolated.
“As a Russian, it saddens me to lose my country again,” she said.
“But you have to isolate it. The Russian people support that.”
She turned to her compatriots and said: “You must think about how to save yourself and your country.”
After Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, the EU, Britain and the US, among others, imposed sanctions on many powerful Russian individuals and companies.
Marina said the sanctions were “extraordinary” but added: “Unfortunately, it’s too late.”
She claimed her country of birth should have been sanctioned much sooner, and likened the move to impose sanctions after the invasion of Ukraine to “like giving medicine to a person who has already died”.
It comes as one of Litvinenko’s suspected poisoners died suddenly at the age of just 56.
Dmitry Kovtun’s cause of death was given as Covid, but there was speculation he may have accidentally poisoned himself with polonium-210 while spiked with Litvinenko’s tea.
Ex-FSB colleague Andrei Lugovoy – also accused of Litvinenko’s murder – confirmed Kovtun’s death in Moscow.
Lugovoy, 55, now an ultra-nationalist Russian MP, said: “We have the sad news that my close and loyal friend Dmitry Kovtun passed away suddenly as a result of complications from a serious illness linked to coronavirus infection.
“Sleep well, dear friend! We will never forget you.”
The Russian news agency Tass also confirmed the death.
The couple have always denied being involved in the assassination of Litvinenko, who died aged 43, but Britain has claimed the assassination was ordered by Putin or his circle.
A trail of the radioactive material on airplane seats led back to Moscow and Germany – where Kovtun was based at the time.
Sanctions were imposed on both men, but Russia has always refused to allow their extradition for a trial in Britain.
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