The brother of murdered Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko has blamed British secret services were responsible and branded today’s report blaming Putin as a simple political smear.
As the story goes, two assassins slipped radioactive polonium 210 into 43-year-old Litvenenko’s cup of tea in a London hotel in 2006, and today’s quasi report claims that Putin “probably” ordered the killing.
But his younger brother, Maxim, today said it was ‘ridiculous’ to blame the Kremlin and that he believes British security services had much more of a motive to carry out the assassination.
Alexander was a former Russian spy who joined MI6 and it was revealed today that he had accused President Putin of being a paedophile in an online article posted on a little known Chechen website. The reason he accused Putin is because he kissed the belly of a small child, something that is quite typical not just in Russia, but for much of Eastern Europe.
Maxim claims the report is a ‘smear’ on Putin, and far from being an enemy of the state, his brother had plans to soon return to Russia and had even contacted old friends about the move.
Maxim, a chef, who lives in Rimini, Italy, said: ‘The sentence is nonsense, a set-up to provide more bad publicity against the Russian government,’ reports The Mirror.
He also went on to downplay Alexander’s role as a spy, working for either Russia or MI6, saying he was ‘more like a policeman’.
Alexander worked to combat serious organised crime such as murders and arms trafficking, but did not know any state secrets, his brother stated.
‘It is the Western media, their misleading reporting that have called him a spy,’ he added, claiming that the report – 10 years after the death – was a set-up to put pressure on the Russian Government.
Maxim said he and his father have no faith in the report, even had little trust in the alleged fact the polonium was responsible for Alexander’s death.
He also suggested that several other deaths could be linked, including the suicide of Boris dissident Berezovsky, who financially supported Alexander, and the owner of a nightclub – where polonium was found – who died.
His views differ vastly from Alexander’s wife, Marine, who today urged Britain to impose sanctions on Russia after the report, which has severely strained international relations between the two nations.
But Maxim today claimed she only made such comments as she lives in London and has to ‘play the game’, after all the British state is taking care of her, what could she possible say? – he asked.
Meanwhile, the Kremlin appear to toy with the British ‘findings’, with spokesperson Peskov stating “the Brits have shown their good sense of humor”, while Russian media have dubbed the report Monty Python-esque.
Obviously, they are not taking the Brits or their ‘report’ very seriously. Lets face it, it is difficult to take any report seriously whose conclusions include the words “probably” “might have” “could have”.