London, Aug 2: The widow of murdered Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko has reportedly called on Londoners to wear a white ribbon in protest against the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Olympics.
Marina Litvinenko, whose husband was poisoned with radioactive polonium 210 at a London hotel in December 2006, said she was “dismayed” at the news that Putin had decided to attend the Olympics.
“Mr. Putin’s agents killed my husband, a British citizen, in the center of the British capital and contaminated hundreds of innocent people with radioactive poison – not to mention that he has rigged Russian election, suppressed free speech, beat protesters and jailed dissidents exactly the same way as Mr. Lukashenko did,” The Telegraph quoted Litvinenko, as saying.
Litvinenko, who called Putin a “Russian dictator” and accused him of ordering her husband’s murder, said that she could see “no logic or consistency” in banning Alexander Lukashenko, the Byelorussian president dubbed “Europe’s last dictator”, from Britain but allowing Putin to visit.
“I am sure that my husband, if he were alive, would have been among those protesters,” she added.
Litvinenko, who still lives in London with her son, urged her fellow Londoners to wear white ribbons, the symbol of Russian protest, on the day Putin arrives on Thursday, as she felt that it would be “an appropriate way to greet” the Russian president. (ANI)