A special police task squad is reportedly travelling to Russia to question witnesses. British Home Secretary John Reid will swap information with his counterparts in Brussels. “I will talk to my European colleagues about this. The health authorities will cast their contacts wider and the police over the next few days will be casting their thoughts and investigations wider as well.” There has been no change in the condition of Litvinenko’s Italian contact, Mario Scaramella.
Hospital officials say he is well, with no symptoms of radiation poisoning. But he has told Italian television he received five times what’s considered to be a ‘fatal’ dose of pollonium 210, and that he’ll be under medical supervision for some time. Scaramella has said he and Litvinenko were poisoned because of secrets they shared. His lawyer Sergio Rastrelli says his client had names of politicians and journalists linked to Soviet espionage.
“Scaramella has authorised me to reveal everything he believes is the motivation behind his poisoning and all the infomation that Litvinenko gave him before his death,” Rastrelli said. Fresh theories have emerged about the poisoning. A police source says British officers went to the US to question one of Scaramella’s contacts, a former KGB agent, Yuri Schvets, who said he had vital information about the case.
And British newspaper “The Mail on Sunday” reports US and British agents warned Litvinenko his life was in danger because of his ties to exiled Russian oligarch, Boris Berezovsky.