Andrey Lugovoy: Litvinenko suspect to front TV show called 'Traitors' about the murder

Mr Lugovoy has denied responsibility for the murder, calling the allegations "nonsense"

Siobhan Fenton
Saturday 23 January 2016 18:28 GMT
Andrey Lugovoy denies any responsibility for the murder
Andrey Lugovoy denies any responsibility for the murder (Wikipedia )

The key suspect in the Litvinenko murder inquiry is to mock the allegations by filming a TV show based on the death.

A UK public inquiry ruled this week that Andrey Lugovoy and Dmitry Kovtun poisoned former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in a London hotel in 2006. It is understood that this was because Mr Litvinenko fled Russia for the UK in 2000 and began working for MI6.

The inquiry also found that the murder was “probably” sanctioned by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Key suspect Mr Lugovoy, who fronts a programme called Traitors on Russian television, has said that he will dedicate part of the latest series to the allegations with episodes focusing on Russian spies who go on to work for British intelligence.

The Daily Telegraph reports that when asked if the topic was deliberately chosen to reflect the alleged events, Mr Lugovoy said: “That’s what the series producers wanted me to focus on this time.”

He also ridiculed this week’s court ruling by Sir Robert Owen, asserting that the judge had “clearly gone mad” and that the allegations were “nonsense.”

He said: “The fact that such words as ‘possibly’ and ‘probably’ were used in the report, means there is no proof, nothing concrete against us.”

Mr Lugovoy has refused to stand trial in the UK regarding the allegations.

Russia has also refused to extradite him, arguing that to do so would be against the country’s constitution.

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