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What did Vladimir Putin say privately about Litvinenko’s poisoning?

In November 2006, Alexander Litvinenko, a KGB defector was poisoned with radioactive polonium after eating sushi and drinking tea at a restaurant in Mayfair, London. Responsibility of the attack has been disputed ever since, however the European Court of Human Rights found that Russia was responsible in September 2021. But how did Putin react at the time?

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