Sir Robert Owen concludes that the FSB directed the killing of Alexander Litvinenko and that it was probably approved by Putin and FSB chief Patrushev.

Sir Robert Owen has today published his sensational conclusions into the death of Alexander Litvinenko in November 2006. His report was published in Parliament at 9:35am following the conclusion of the public inquiry in which four members of 1COR appeared. Robert Wastell represented the Home Secretary along with former member, and now High Court Judge, Mr Justice Garnham. David Evans QC and Alasdair Henderson represented the Atomic Weapons Establishment.

The key findings of Sir Robert’s report (which can be found here) are that: he is sure that Andrey Lugovoy and Dmitri Kovtun poisoned Mr Litvinenko’s tea with polonium 210 at the Pine Bar in the Millennium Hotel on 1 November 2006; he is sure that this was the fatal dose which killed him 22 days later; he is sure that the two men intended to kill Mr Litvinenko and that they made an earlier attempt to poison him 2 weeks earlier; he finds it a “strong probability” that when Mr Lugovoy and Mr Kovtun posioned Mr Litvinenko they did so at the direction of the FSB; and, most sensationally of all, he concludes that the FSB operation to kill him was probably approved by FSB chief Nikolai Patrushev and also by President Vladimir Putin.