Andrey Lugovoy, a former member of the KGB recently accused of poisoning another ex-KBG operative in the United Kingdom, will now be creating a television series based parodying the supposed events. The new series will be part of Lugovoy’s existing television progam, “Traitors.”
Lugovoy has been accused of working with Dmitry Kovtun, another former Russian intelligence operative, to poison Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006. Litvinenko was also a former member of the KGB, and had become a member of the British intelligence community after having moved to Britain in 2000. A recent report by Sir Robert Owen, a retired British High Court judge, implicated both Kovtun and Lugovoy in the assassination, alleging that they had been responsible for lacing Litvinenko’s tea with a highly radioactive isotope of the element polonium, resulting in his death. The same report on the matter also alleged that Russian President Vladimir Putin had most likely authorized the act, but offered no conclusive evidence that such was the case.
Lugovoy’s new program will cover the lives of fictional Russian intelligence operatives who become members of the British intelligence service, paralleling the events that led to Litvinenko’s eventual assassination. While Lugovoy has stated that the intention of the program is not to be political, but to deal with the universal problem of treachery, many have accused him of using the new program to mock those who have accused him and Kovtun.
“I saw nothing new here. I am very sorry that 10 years on, nothing new has been presented, only invention, supposition, rumors,” said Lugovoy in an interview regarding the new accusation. The former KGB agent has maintained his innocence, stating that there was no substance to the allegations. He also pointed out that the new report by Judge Owen made frequent use of the terms “probably” and “possibly” when directly referring to those who it accuses of conspiring to kill Litvinenko, rather than presenting definite and empirical evidence against them.
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