A Russian suspect in the murder of KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko is laughing off a British report implicating him by filming a television series based on the assassination.
Andrey Lugovoy, who has his own show in Russia called “Traitors,” plans to thumb his nose at British authorities by airing new episodes focusing on Russian spies who went to work for British intelligence agencies — and their fates.
Litvinenko worked for British intelligence after he left Russia for the UK in 2000.
A British probe released Thursday alleged that Lugovoy and Dmitry Kovtun, who like Litvinenko had served in the KGB, fatally poisoned Litvinenko by spiking his green tea with radioactive polonium-210 during a visit to a London hotel in 2006.
The same investigation concluded that Russian president Vladmir Putin “probably” ordered the assassination.
Luguvoy, who has denied responsibility for Litvinenko’s death, did not dispute that the new episodes touched on the scandal.
“That’s what the series producers wanted me to focus on this time,” Luguvoy told the British Telegraph.
“This program isn’t about politics or propaganda. It’s about the essence of treachery,” he added.
Lugovoy said all countries have their spies — and their traitors, and that’s why the series strikes a nerve.
“Treachery is a topical subject, and not just for Russia — for Britain and America, too. You’ve had your fair share of traitors working for the USSR and Russia. As long as there is confrontation between our countries, there will always be traitors,” he said.
Luguvoy dismissed as “nonsense” the bombshell 329-page investigative report by retired British High Court Judge Sir Robert Owen accusing him and Kovtun of the murder.
He said the judge had “clearly gone mad,” adding, “I saw nothing new here. I am very sorry that 10 years on, nothing new has been presented, only invention, supposition, rumors.
“And the fact that such words as ‘possibly’ and `probably’ were used in the report, means there is no proof, nothing concrete against us.”