21 Sep. 2021 18:08 o’clock
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Sakharova said the decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Russia’s responsibility for Litvinenko’s death was wrong. She called the verdict politicized and Russophobic.
The decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Russia’s responsibility for Litvinenko’s death is wrong. This was announced by the official spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Sakharova, at a briefing.
The judgment of the court in the lawsuit of Alexander Litvinenko’s widow raises numerous questions, according to Sarakhova. The Russian diplomat emphasized:
“There are further indications that the European Court of Human Rights, which sees itself as an international judicial body, would like to play a political role and contribute to the cultivation of Russophobia.”
The representative of the Foreign Ministry also made it clear that the position of the court was incomprehensible from a Russian point of view. In their opinion, the politicized conclusions of the national judiciary of one of the EU member states had a decisive influence on this judgment. Sakharova called the content of the court decision “a number of false conclusions by the Strasbourg Themis”. She promised that the Russian General Prosecutor’s Office would now have to legally assess the verdict.
Alexander Litvinenko is a former employee of the Russian secret service FSB. He died in London in 2006, allegedly of poisoning with the radioactive substance polonium. He was only 46 years old.
The European Court of Human Rights had previously held the Russian state responsible for Litvinenko’s death. The judges concluded that the Russian side had not provided enough material to carry out a specific investigation. In addition, Russia did not conduct a sufficiently independent investigation into the case.
The Russian authorities have always vehemently denied responsibility for Litvinenko’s death in the past. In 2018, the Russian Attorney General stated that traces of polonium had been found in London before the arrival of the two main Russian suspects, who are held responsible for Litvinenko’s death by the British government. This information goes back to investigation results that London shared with the German government.
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