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Alexander Litvinenko: court judgment on assassinated Russian spy has cross-border implications

By Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou, Professor in Human Rights Law, University of Liverpool
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The European court of human rights has ruled that Russia is responsible for the 2006 assassination of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in the UK. The six to one judgment is significant for human rights standards, even 15 years after Litvinenko died by poisoning with the radioactive substance polonium-210.

Litvinenko’s story feels lifted from a film script. In Russia, he had been an agent of the Federal Security Service (FSB, formerly known as KGB),…

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