Vladimir Putin left it up to surrogates to comment on incendiary findings coming out of London, where Britain's Royal Court of Inquiry concluded he gave a green light to the poisoning of former Russian spy turned Putin critic Alexander Litvinenko.
For days, a wave of anonymous hoax bomb threats has been sweeping through cities across Russia. The telephone calls have led to the evacuation of tens of thousands. But the reason for the threats remains a mystery.
A British judge has said Russian President Vladimir Putin probably approved a plan by a Russian security service to kill former agent Alexander Litvinenko. Suspect Andrei Lugovoi has called the suggestion "absurd."
Russian human rights activist Zoya Svetova has told DW about political prisoners and the latest wave of protests in Russia. She also explained how she stays optimistic for the country's future.
In 2006 former KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko died of radioactive polonium poisoning in London. Leads point to the Russian secret service as having commissioned the killing.
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