Igor the Assassin

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Igor the Assassin
Born1960 (age 59–60)
NationalityRussian (alleged)
Other namesUnknown
OrganizationSVR, KGB
Known forPoisoning of Alexander Litvinenko (alleged) Multiple Assassinations

Igor the Assassin is an SVR and former KGB officer who allegedly killed Alexander Litvinenko and escaped back to Russia.[1][2] He was among the members of a group consisting of former KGB agents called 'Dignity and Honor'.[3] According to one version of the Alexander Litvinenko poisoning, the official suspect of the murder, Andrei Lugovoi, only distracted the attention of Litvinenko, while "Igor the Assassin" placed the radioactive polonium into the cup of tea served for Litvinenko. "Igor the Assassin" was later seen on his way back to Russia in an airport in London.

His name and true identity remain unknown. He was said to be a former Spetznaz officer born in 1960 who is a judo master and walks with a slight limp. He speaks perfect English and Portuguese.[4] Steven Wright of the Daily Mail reported that he was 46 years old in 2006.[3]

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  1. ^ Alex Goldfarb and Marina Litvinenko. Death of a Dissident: The Poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko and the Return of the KGB, The Free Press (2007) ISBN 1-4165-5165-4
  2. ^ "Russian Agency 'Led Poison Plot'". Ocnus. 7 December 2006. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007.
  3. ^ a b Wright, Steven (27 November 2006). "Scotland Yard hunt for 'Igor the assassin' as Hain breaks ranks to attack Putin". Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Hit man sent by Russian government to murder double agent could be Igor the Assassin!". All Voices. 16 November 2006. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2013.