Ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of being a pedophile a few months before he was poisoned in 2006. He gave Putin the nickname “The Kremlin Pedophile” after he kissed a young boy’s stomach in public:
A few days ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin walked from the Big Kremlin Palace to his Residence. At one of the Kremlin squares, the president stopped to chat with the tourists. Among them was a boy aged 4 or 5.
‘What is your name?’ Putin asked.
‘Nikita,’ the boy replied.
Putin kneed, lifted the boy’s T-shirt and kissed his stomach.
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.
Litvinenko claims people who knew Putin at the Andropov Institute, a training ground for future KGB agents, said Putin was a pedophile. This is the reason why bosses did not accept him into foreign intelligence, which “was a very unusual twist for a career of an Andropov Institute’s graduate with fluent German.” Then Litvinenko wrote that Putin destroyed all evidence against him when he was the Federal Security Service (FSB) director, the organization that replaced the KGB after the Soviet Union fell. He “found videotapes in the FSB Internal Security Directorate, which showed him making sex with some underage boys.” Litvinenko provided no direct evidence to prove his accusations before his death.
There is currently a public inquiry in London into Litvinenko’s death. On Monday, his widow Marina testified in court. From The Daily Mail:
In her evidence at a public inquiry into her husband’s death yesterday, Mr Litvinenko’s widow Marina said: ‘It was written in 2006 after everybody saw how Putin behaved when he met a little boy in a Kremlin tour group. He went under his t-shirt and kissed his stomach.’
Robin Tam QC, counsel to the inquiry, said: ‘You have no idea if that allegation is true?’ Mrs Litvinenko replied: ‘No, I have no idea.’
She also agreed that making the allegation in a public forum was ‘not the way to go about making friends’ with Mr Putin.
Litvinenko fell out of favor with Putin after he accused his superiors of trying to assassinate tycoon Boris Berezovsky. In 2000, he took his family to London, where he was granted political asylum. On November 1, 2006, Litvinenko fell ill due to radiation poisoning. He told the press he met with ex-KGB agents Dmitry Kovtun and Andrei Lugovoy on the same day. He passed away on November 23. Kovtun and Lugovoy are the prime suspects in Litvinenko’s death. The United Kingdom opened a public inquiry over Litvinenko’s death at the end of January.