Third Russian sick from radiation

A second Russian businessman who met murdered ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko on the day he fell ill is now sick from radiation poisoning, according to medical services quoted by local media.

Third Russian sick from radiation

Andrei Lugovoy has damage to vital organs consistent with exposure to dangerous levels of radiation, Interfax news agency reported.

Litvinenko, a former spy who became a critic of Kremlin policy, died in London on November 23. Traces of polonium-210, a radioactive isotope, were found in his body.
"The doctors have listed my condition as stable," Lugovoy told the Itar-Tass news agency by telephone.

"Today I spent the whole day undergoing necessary medical procedures," he added.


Dmitry Kovtun, Lugovoy's business partner, is also in hospital with suspected radiation poisoning.


Mario Scaramella, an Italian contact of Litvinenko, has undergone treatment in London for the effects of similar contamination.


Medical notes


Interfax said its information on Lugovoy's condition came from his medical notes. "Disruption in the functioning of some organs affected by radiation nuclides has been found (in Lugovoy)," it quoted a source as saying.

Meanwhile, police in Hamburg said they planned to examine Kovtun's apartment in the city for traces of polonium 210, following media reports that the Russian businessman had flown from Hamburg to London.


The statement did not say when Kovtun was last in Hamburg.


Lugovoy and Kovtun met Litvinenko at London's Millennium Hotel on November 1 for what Lugovoy described as a business meeting.


He has denied any part in Litvinenko's poisoning and offered to help police.


British detectives continue to work in Moscow as part of their investigation into the murder of Litvinenko, a British citizen.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16