Dec 14 2006

Really Interesting Litvinenko News

It seems my theory that Litvinenko hooked up twice with Lugovoi and Kovtun is now supported by two witnesses’ testimony. I have suspected Litvinenko had an earlier business meeting with Lugovoi and Kovtun, and Litvinenko went up to Lugovoi’s (or someone’s) room to pick them up to head out (not uncommon). It was in this room where the poisoning took place. Then the trio went someplace else possibly, and prted company for a while until they tagged up again later in the evening at the Pine Bar just prior to the game between Arsenal and CSK Moscow.

In between these two contacts at the Hotel, then, would be a visit by one or all to a security firm and Berezovsky’s office, and Litvinenko’s meeting with Scaramella. Scaramella testified Litvinenko had a prior business meeting and that is why he could not meet until 3:00 PM. They went their separate ways by 3:45 PM, and by 5:00 PM we find Litvinenko at the Hotel Bar, according to a third Russian who seems to have been legitimately on Holiday and ready to watch the big game that evening (link here, with possible formatting issues)

Sokolenko told Kommersant that he arrived in London on October 31 with Lugovoi and Lugovoi’s wife and three children. Kovtun arrived the next day from Hamburg. “On November 1, Andrey Lugovoi’s wife and children and I left the Millennium Hotel at about 10:00 for an excursion through London and returned around 5:00. We met Andrey [Lugovoi] and Dmitry [Kovtun] in the lobby on the first floor, and I don’t remember who was with them then.” He said that he had a room on the third floor of the hotel, and the Lugovois lived in Room 441. That room has been sealed by the British police.

Sokolenko seems to be a true innocent bystander and his and Scaramella’s independent testimonies confirm this scenario.

5 responses so far

5 Responses to “Really Interesting Litvinenko News”

  1. jerry says:

    Link broken.

    So Lugovoi wasn’t in room 411 (assuming the reporting is correct on 411 as the room where some Po was dropped)… interesting.

  2. AJStrata says:

    Thanks Jerry – should work now. I have seen 441 as the room in question, not accounting for any typo I may have made in an earlier post.

  3. clarice says:

    The Times said early on that Litvinenko never was in room 411, that he met the men only in the bar , declining an offer to go to the room.

  4. Barbara says:


    I believe that was at the 4:30 meeting that he did not go to the room. We don’t know if he went to the room for the 10:00 meeting.

  5. Barbara says:

    All these dissidents living outside of Russia are singing the same song. It makes me wonder what ax they have to grind. None of them know what really happened. They only know what they were told. And they were told by Goldfarb. And some of them talked to Litvinenko. If this was an assassination neither one of these two would know what happened.