Alexander Litvinenko claimed that Vladimir Putin had been caught on camera having sex with young boys, according to the inquiry into the spy’s murder.
When the future Russian president was a student, he was filmed abusing children in a flat where another top politician had a threesome with prostitutes, Litvinenko wrote in a sensational web post.
The wild claim is recorded in Sir Robert Owen’s inquiry report as part of a long list of allegations made by the assassinated spy against Mr Putin after he fled Russia and settled in Britain.Litvinenko made the accusation after the president was pictured kissing the stomach of a five-year-old boy during a walkabout in the Kremlin in June 2006.
Claims: Alexander Litvinenko, left, accused Vladimir Putin of being a paedophile after he was pictured kissing the stomach of a five-year-old boy, right
Meeting: Mr Putin’s encounter with Nikita Konkin, pictured, came during a walkabout in the Kremlin
The inquiry report describes how the dissident claimed Mr Putin was a ‘paedophile’, adding that videos existed of him ‘making sex with some underage boys’.
Litvinenko said that Mr Putin destroyed the footage, which allegedly saw him sent away from Russia for a while when he was a student, after becoming head of the FSB secret service.
Sir Robert quotes Litvinenko’s blog in response to the Kremlin incident, which made the inflammatory allegations in broken English.
Litvinenko wrote: ‘The world public is shocked. Nobody can understand why the Russian president did such a strange thing as kissing the stomach of an unfamiliar small boy.
‘The explanation may be found if we look carefully at the so-called “blank spots” in Putin’s biography.
‘After graduating from the Andropov Institute, which prepares officers for the KGB intelligence service, Putin was not accepted into the foreign intelligence. Instead, he was sent to a junior position in KGB Leningrad Directorate.
Family: Litvinenko’s son Anatoly and wife Marina after the publication of the report into his death
President: Mr Putin is alleged to have ordered Litvinenko’s killing after the ex-spy fled Russia became one of his fiercest critics
‘This was a very unusual twist for a career of an Andropov Institute’s graduate with fluent German. Why did that happen with Putin?
‘Because, shortly before his graduation, his bosses learned that Putin was a pedophile [sic]. So say some people who knew Putin as a student at the Institute.
Inquiry: Litvinenko’s allegations were reproduced in the report released yesterday by retired High Court judge Sir Robert Owen, pictured
‘The Institute officials feared to report this to their own superiors, which would cause an unpleasant investigation. They decided it was easier just to avoid sending Putin abroad under some pretext. Such a solution is not unusual for the secret services.
‘Many years later, when Putin became the FSB director and was preparing for the presidency, he began to seek and destroy any compromising materials collected against him by the secret services over earlier years. It was not difficult, provided he himself was the FSB director.
‘Among other things, Putin found videotapes in the FSB Internal Security directorate, which showed him making sex with some underage boys.’
Litvinenko went on to connect Putin’s alleged paedophile past to the case of Yuri Skuratov, a senior politician in Russia who was caught on camera having sex with two prostitutes.
In the next section of the blog post quoted by Sir Robert, he wrote: ‘Interestingly, the video was recorded in the same conspiratorial flat in Polyanka Street in Moscow where Russian Prosecutor-General Yuri Skuratov was secretly video-taped with two prostitutes.
‘Later, in the famous scandal, Putin (on Roman Abramovich’s instructions) blackmailed Skuratov with these tapes and tried to persuade the Prosecutor-General to resign.
‘In that conversation, Putin mentioned to Skuratov that he himself was also secretly video-taped making sex at the same bed. (But of course, he did not tell it was pedophilia [sic] rather than normal sex.)’
Sir Robert wrote in his report: ‘It hardly needs saying that the allegations made by Mr Litvinenko against President Putin in this article were of the most serious nature. Could they have had any connection with his death?’
Scandal: Litvinenko said that Mr Putin abused children in the same flat where politician Yuri Skuratov, pictured, had a threesome with prostitutes
Killer: Sir Robert’s inquiry named Andrei Lugovoi, left, and Dmitri Kovtun, right, as the two men responsible for carrying out the orders to kill Litvinenko by slipping radioactive polonium into a teapot
The Kremlin has never commented directly on the allegations made by Litvinenko, but yesterday the Russian government dismissed the whole inquiry report as ‘Western propaganda’.
Giving evidence to the inquiry last year, Litvinenko’s widow Marina said she had ‘no idea’ whether or not the paedophile claims were true.
Sir Robert concluded that Mr Putin had ‘probably’ approved the dissident’s assassination himself, along with the current head of the FSB.
Litvinenko died in November 2006 after drinking tea laced with radioactive polonium during a meeting with Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitri Kovtun at a London hotel.
Mr Putin’s encounter with the five-year-old boy a few months earlier made global headlines, as the Russian president insisted it was nothing more than a gesture of affection.
‘People came up and I began talking to them, among them this little boy,’ Mr Putin said afterwards. ‘He seemed to me very independent, sure of himself and at the same time defenceless so to speak, an innocent boy and a very nice little boy.
‘I tell you honestly, I just wanted to stroke him like a kitten and it came out in this gesture. There is nothing behind it.’
The child, named by Russian media as Nikita Konkin, said that he had refused to wash after Mr Putin had kissed his stomach.
‘I just liked him and he liked me very much,’ Nikita said. ‘I want to be president myself.’