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.
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.
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."
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.
Alexander Litvinenko's widow warns the White House against cozying up to Russian leader Vladimir Putin. A British inquiry found Putin likely approved the fatal poisoning of Russian ex-spy Litvinenko.
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