Nearly a month after his death from poisoning, speculation continues to surround the fate of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko. Backing Moscow which has denied accusations it was behind the assassination, Defense Minister Serguei Ivanov has described Litvinenko as a lowly ex-prison guard with no training and “not much intellect”. “He was never a spy and never knew anything of any real value,” he added.
Senior Russian officials have pointed out that if the Kremlin had wanted to target dissidents there were far more obvious candidates. Litvinenko was convinced he was poisoned during a meeting with three Russians at the Millenium Hotel in London at the start of November. He died three weeks later. One of his former business associates has said Litvinenko was murdered after he was commissioned by a reputable British firm to provide information on Russia.