Re: Reuters: Litvinenko "naive" about alleged killer
- Litvinenko's Father Recants Charge
03 February 2012
The Moscow Times
The father of FSB-officer-turned-Kremlin-critic Alexander Litvinenko called his son a "British spy" and said he no longer believes Russian authorities were responsible for his death.
After his son's mysterious death of polonium poisoning in London in 2006, Valter Litvinenko had been outspoken regarding the Kremlin's supposed role in Alexander's death, a report on Channel One television said Thursday.
In 2008, Valter emigrated with his wife to a small town in Italy, apparently to escape retaliation from the Russian government.
But the father sent a letter last week to Channel One recanting his accusations and "asking Russia for forgiveness."
He said he now believes his son Alexander was working for British intelligence.
"I want to go home. Russian people ... no one needs us here," Valter said. The elder Litvinenko's wife died last year.
"Forgive me, my motherland. And help me return to my land, [help] an old man," Valter said.
Feeling lonely, home'sick and missing "the Mother Russia" he can say these words, even some Russian Gulag survivors, when staying on the foreign soil, eventually decided to go back to the Soviet Union. M.L.
--- In email@example.com, Norbert Strade <nost@...> wrote:
> Litvinenko "naive" about alleged killer
> Thu Nov 22, 2007
> By Mark Trevelyan
> LONDON (Reuters) - Alexander Litvinenko was fooled by his alleged killer
> because he was "naive like a child", his father said on Thursday as the
> Russian's family prepared to mark the anniversary of his death from
> polonium poisoning.
> Friends and relatives will visit the grave of Litvinenko in London's
> Highgate cemetery on Friday, a year to the day after the Kremlin
> critic-in-exile was killed by radioactive poison slipped to him in a cup
> of tea.
> Father Walter Litvinenko said his son had trusted Andrei Lugovoy, the
> man accused by British prosecutors of murdering him, because both were
> former officers of the Soviet KGB who had fallen foul of the Moscow
> authorities and served jail terms.
> Walter Litvinenko renewed accusations that responsibility lay ultimately
> with President Vladimir Putin and "the Lubyanka", a reference to the
> Moscow headquarters of the FSB security service, heir to the KGB.
> Alexander Litvinenko, known as Sasha, "was a very experienced
> investigator but he was sometimes naive like a child", Walter told a
> news conference.
> "When he saw this Lugovoy, who had also been a prisoner of the Lubyanka,
> of course he didn't realise this was someone sent by the FSB and he
> tried to help him, which was the main reason for Sasha's death."
> Litvinenko fell violently ill after a business meeting with Lugovoy on
> November 1 at a London hotel last year, and died three weeks later in
> In a case which has caused deep damage to relations, Britain has sought
> the extradition of Lugovoy but Moscow has refused, saying this is
> impossible under its constitution. It has strongly denied allegations of
> Kremlin involvement in the death.
> In an interview with Reuters on Thursday, Lugovoy again denied killing
> Litvinenko. "British intelligence services are behind this," he said.
> He is standing in Russia's December 2 parliamentary election as a
> candidate for the nationalist Liberal Democratic party, which Walter
> Litvinenko called part of a "three-headed monster", along with
> pro-Kremlin United Russia and Fair Russia.
> "They're trying to seize ultimate power, grab Russia by the throat,
> using the naivety of the Russian people," he said.
> Litvinenko senior rained insults on Putin, accused President George W.
> Bush of "falling in love" with the Kremlin leader and saying that
> appeasing Putin would "end very badly" for the West.
> He was appearing at a book launch for "Allegations", a collection of
> Alexander Litvinenko's writings and interviews. It includes an August
> 2006 conversation with Radio Liberty in which he spoke of the
> possibility that Moscow would kill him in order to silence his criticism.
> "If they listen to me now, let them know: I hire no bodyguards to
> protect myself, and I never hide anywhere. I live very openly, all the
> journalists know where to find me," Litvinenko said. "So, gentlemen, if
> you come to Britain to kill me, you will have to do that openly."
> (editing by Elizabeth Piper)
- On 03-02-2012 04:46, mariuslab2002 wrote:
> Litvinenko's Father Recants ChargeWe aren't in a position to judge the situation in which Litvinenko's father made these statements, but whatever he is correct or wrong, one thing doesn't go away: the fact that Russian agents murdered a British citizen with a highly dangerous radioactive substance in the middle of the British capital, leaving a long, dirty-bomb-style trail through the city and half of Europe. That's an outrageous international crime, whose known perpetrators haven't been prosecuted due to a mixture of Russian impudence and British realpolitik.
> 03 February 2012
> The Moscow Times
> The father of FSB-officer-turned-Kremlin-critic Alexander Litvinenko called his son a "British spy" and said he no longer believes Russian authorities were responsible for his death.