The leader of the Pora youth movement, Andrei Sidelnikov, said last week that he met with Litvinenko October 30, just two days before the former FSB agent's hospitalization, at a cafe near the Oxford Circus underground station in London, adding that they spoke for nearly two hours.
"Yesterday, I was checked for [radioactive] contamination," Sidelnikov said. "No traces of polonium were found."
Litvinenko died in the hospital November 23 following an alleged deathbed statement implicating Russian President Vladimir Putin in his death. Doctors said a lethal dose of the radioactive substance polonium-210 was the cause of death.
Sidelnikov said he was screened for polonium by experts from the Russian Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare, who asked him to come to the examination in the same clothes he wore the day of his meeting with Litvinenko.
"They [doctors] asked me to do this because they said that particles of polonium remain [on clothes] and cannot be washed away, and that if there were any particles, then sensors would definitely have given out a signal," Sidelnikov said.
The leader of the youth movement said he was ready to talk with Scotland Yard experts investigating Litvinenko's murder, but added that he had no documents that could help the investigation.
Add to blog
You may place this material on your blog by copying the link.
Image Galleries: The World’s Most Notorious Prisons
Infographics: Group of Eight: Countries and Permanent Members
Cartoons: Polar Explorer Day
News that Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin would resign in order to run for the mayoral election in September came as quite a shock. Sobyanin’s political potential is fairly dubious, not to mention his approval ratings. He has not finished many of the projects he initiated and the electoral effect from these projects is expected to come a bit later than September 2013. Sobyanin’s opponents were not entirely unprepared for this blitzkrieg.