BirthdayAugust 30, 1962

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  1. About Alexander Litvinenko

    Full name: Alexander Litvinenko
    Also known as: Alexander Litvinenko, Litvinenko, Alexander
    Professions: ex-KGB agent and FSB lieutenant-colonel
    Religion: Islam
    Nationality: Russian Federation

  2. Alexander Litvinenko Death information

    Died: Thursday, 23rd of November, 2006 (Age: 44)

  3. Alexander Litvinenko Biography

    Template:Eastern Slavic nameAlexander Valterovich Litvinenko (Russian: ?????????? ???????????? ???????????; IPA: [?l???ksandr ?valt?r?v??t?? l??tv???n?enk?]; 30 August 1962 (4 December 1962 by father's account – 23 November 2006) was a fugitive officer of the Russian FSB secret service who specialised in tackling organised crime. In November 1998, Litvinenko and several other FSB officers publicly accused their superiors of ordering the assassination of the Russian tycoon and oligarch Boris Berezovsky. Litvinenko was arrested the following March on charges of exceeding the authority of his position. He was acquitted in November 1999 but re-arrested before the charges were again dismissed in 2000. He fled with his family to London and was granted asylum in the United Kingdom, where he worked as a journalist, writer and consultant for the British intelligence services.During his time in London, Litvinenko wrote two books, Blowing Up Russia: Terror from Within and Lubyanka Criminal Group, wherein he accused the Russian secret services of staging the Russian apartment bombings and other terrorism acts in an effort to bring Vladimir Putin to power. He also accused Putin of ordering the murder in October 2006 of the Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya.On 1 November 2006, Litvinenko suddenly fell ill and was hospitalised in what was established as a case of poisoning by radioactive polonium-210 which resulted in his death on 23 November. The events leading up to this are a matter of controversy, spawning numerous theories relating to his poisoning and death. A British murder investigation pointed to Andrey Lugovoy, a member of Russia's Federal Protective Service, as the prime suspect. The United Kingdom requested the extradition of Lugovoy, but Russia refused, leading to the cooling of relations between Russia and the United Kingdom. Britain demanded that Lugovoy be extradited, which is against the Constitution of Russia, which directly prohibits extradition of Russian citizens without handing Russia any evidence related to the case. Russia denied the extradition. Lugovoy passed a lie detector test in Russia, denying the accusations.After Litvinenko's death, his widow, Marina, pursued a vigorous campaign on behalf of her husband through the Litvinenko Justice Foundation. In October 2011, she won the right for an inquest into her husband's death to be conducted by a coroner in London; however the inquest has been repeatedly set back by issues relating to examinable evidence.

  4. Alexander Litvinenko Family

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