Marina Litvinenko welcomes UK enquiry finding that Putin probably approved the operation to murder her husband, ex-KGB agent Sasha Litvinenko. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Judges leading the British inquiry into the 2006 murder in London of ex-KGB agent Alexander (Sasha) Litvinenko released their conclusions on Thursday (January 21) that President Vladimir Putin probably approved the Russian intelligence operation to kill the former spy. The inquiry led by judge Robert Owen found that: "Taking full account of all the evidence and analysis available to me, I find that the FSB operation to kill Mr Litvinenko was probably approved by Mr Patrushev and also by President Putin." Nikolai Patrushev was formerly head of the FSB. Litvinenko, 43, was an outspoken critic of Putin and fled Russia six years before his murder. He died after drinking green tea laced with the rare radioactive isotope polonium-210 at a London hotel. The poisoners were former KGB bodyguard turned lawmaker Andrei Lugovoy and fellow Russian Dmitry Kovtun, Owen said. Both men have denied involvement. Lugovoy said the accusations against him were "absurd", the Interfax news agency quoted him as saying. Litvinenko's widow Marina addressed the media in front of the High Court. She called for sanctions against Russia and a travel ban on Putin and Patrushev.