30 April 2015 ~ BBC Russian Service
The High Court in London has published material in the case of the murder of former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko, including dossiers on Viktor Ivanov, the current head of the Federal Drug Control Service of the Russian Federation, considered one of the closest associates of the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin. The confidential dossiers were drafted by former KGB Colonel Yuri Shvets in September 2006 for British company Titоn, at the order of Alexander Litvinenko.
According to the former head of Titоn Dina Ettieu, and information obtained in the course of the open-ended inquiry in the High Court in London last February, this file could have become the reason for the murder of Litvinenko, in that the compromising information on Ivanov outlined within it might have derailed a multibillion dollar government contract for which Ivanov was lobbying at the time.
The dossier alleges that Victor Ivanov worked closely with the leader of the so-called ‘Tambov organized crime group [OCG],’ Vladimir Kumarin, and helped him to take control of the St. Petersburg sea port, through which drugs were being smuggled from Colombia to Europe. The author of the dossier believes that the cooperation between Victor Ivanov and the ‘Tambov OCG’ was completely controlled by the current Russian president, Vladimir Putin.
At the end of dossier is an unequivocal recommendation to foreign businesspeople not to have dealings with Viktor Ivanov. Ivanov himself, after the appearance of the files in the London court, called the information a vilification, viewing it as an attack on the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin.
‘Looking also at the customers – representatives of the Western political elite and their intelligence services – this does not meet the standards of basic decency or a fair justice system,’ said Ivanov earlier.
Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned by radioactive polonium and died from radiation sickness on 23 November 2006. The British police suspect two Russian citizens in the killing – former FSB officer and current State Duma member Andrei Lugovoi, and businessman Dmitry Kovtun. Both completely deny their guilt.