BBC: President Putin ‘probably’ approved Litvinenko murder

The murder of ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in 2006 in the UK was probably approved by President Vladimir Putin, a public inquiry has found. Mr Putin is likely to have signed off the poisoning of Mr Litvinenko with polonium-210 in part due to personal “antagonism” between the pair, it said. (BBC)

The Russian Foreign Ministry dismissed the report, blaming London for politicizing the “purely criminal” case of Litvinenko’s death. The ministry said in a statement that Moscow hadn’t expected any other outcome, and questioned the report’s impartiality and transparency. (Russia Today)