Kovtun calls Litvinenko death 'accidental suicide'

Former Russian special services officer Alexander Litvinenko could have died of polonium poisoning as a result of an accident, businessman Dmitry Kovtun told a press conference in the Interfax central office.

Former Russian special services officer Alexander Litvinenko could have died of polonium poisoning as a result of an accident, businessman Dmitry Kovtun told a press conference in the Interfax central office.

"My main theory is that it was an accident. I am more than confident that he [Litvinenko] had dealt with polonium without knowing it. Maybe there was a leak and polonium gradually accumulated in his body gradually," Kovtun said.

Kovtun said it can be assumed that Litvinenko received polonium several times in various doses and they had different intensity in various days, when his condition deteriorated, even before his hospitalization. "His wife reiterated that he was very healthy and virtually never got sick. She links that poisoning and the call for the doctor that night [on October 16' to the Russians' arrival. She expressly says such things had never happened before and it happened after the meeting with the Russians on [October] 16. And that's untrue," Kovtun said.

Kovtun called what happened to Litvinenko "accidental suicide."

Kovtun said he has no information on whether Litvinenko worked with polonium for any purposes but he knew that he had contact with it.

"I don't know if he had [polonium] with him or whether anyone maybe gave it to him, it's quite possible that he had carried some with him and that caused gradual accumulation of polonium in his body and his subsequent death," Kovtun told Interfax.

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