Russian President Vladimir Putin is a “common criminal dressed up as a Head of State” who ordered the murder of Alexander Litvinenko to stop him exposing him, the inquiry heard.
The former spy was murdered for trying to reveal Putin’s close links to organised crime and a cabal of crime lords who prop up his corrupt regime, it was claimed.
Ben Emmerson QC, representing the Litvinenko family, said the trail behind the “act of unspeakable barbarism” led directly to Putin’s door.
He said Russia was a “Mafia state” where the Kremlin and Russian organised crime syndicates were “indistinguishable”.
Not true of course. It’s always been quite easy to distinguish between the two. Might not make much difference but the distinction is easy enough.