Executive Intelligence Review


Russian Prosecutor Documents U.K. Serial Lying on Poisonings, Highlights May’s Role

April 9, 2018 (EIRNS)—Russian Deputy Prosecutor General Saak Karapetian called a press conference on Monday to announce the release of new documentation adding to the unanswered questions about the “official” British narratives on the deaths of two Russians, FSB defector Alexander Litvinenko and tycoon Boris Berezovsky, in the U.K. He charged that Russia was “forced” to release the documentation in the face of the U.K.’s handling of the March 4 Skripal poisoning, in order to show the U.K.’s track record of consistent refusal to cooperate with Russia on any investigations.

Karapetian singled out the role of then-Home Secretary Theresa May in 2010-2016: The greatest number of Russian requests for extradition of Russians living in the U.K. wanted for crimes back home, were denied when she was Home Secretary. He reported that among the documentation released, prosecutors included “correspondence with the U.K. Home Secretary, including directly with Mrs. May during her tenure as the Home Secretary of that country.”

Notable documentation reportedly released includes the November 2006 report prepared by the Hamburg, Germany city prosecutor’s office, which demonstrated that the polonium-210 allegedly used to poison Alexander Litvinenko was found in London before the two Russians falsely accused of carrying out the poisoning arrived in London on Nov. 1, 2016.

Also released was a statement made last week by Kazakh businessman Vladimir Terluk, implicating Scotland Yard in controlling his case. Terluk had helped justify the U.K. in granting asylum to Berezovsky with testimony that he, Terluk, had been hired to assassinate Berezovsky. According to a report by RT, which was reposted by the Russia Foreign Ministry Facebook page, Karapetian said that Terluk reported last week

“that he was approached by a Scotland Yard officer in late January, whose name was redacted from the statement, with an offer to make a public statement against Russia in exchange for an extension of his residency permit in Britain.... The proposal reminded him of the experience he had in 2003, when Litvinenko coerced him into giving false testimony to help Berezovsky’s asylum case, he said.”