The report of a public enquiry chaired by the coroner Sir Robert Owen, will be presented to Parliament. At the centre of the report is the allegation is that Litvinenko was assassinated on the orders of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.
October 2000 Former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko fled from Russia and was granted asylum in the United Kingdom. With other former FSB officers he had accused his superiors of ordering the assassination of Russian tycoon and oligarch Boris Berezovsky. Whilst in London he wrote books accusing the Russian secret services of staging acts of terrorism to bring Vladimir Putin to power, and ordering the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya in Oct 2006. November 23, 2006 - Litvinenko dies three weeks after having tea with former agents Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitri Kovtun in London. His death is attributed to polonium-210. Both Lugovoi and Kovtun flee back to Russia. They are charged with murder but extradition is refused. May 31, 2007 - Kovtun and Lugovoi where childhood friends and classmates, and both served at the KGB's ninth directorate. July 31, 2014 An enquiry is set up in the United Kingdom to investigate the death of Alexander Litvinenko. Both men, Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitri Kovtun, announce that they were boycotting the inquiry. The enquiry hears that polonium-210 was found in Kovtuns hotel room at the Millennium Hotel where he stayed in in London, and at the house of his ex-wife in Hamburg where he stayed when travelling from Germany to London June 15, 2015 - Mr Dmitri Kovtun contacts the enquiry offering to give evidence by video-link from Moscow.