His name was Alexander Litvinenko. He was assassinated in 2006. Before he died, he alleged that Russian president, Vladimir Putin had been caught on camera having sexual relations with young boys.
The story went that when Putin Russian was a student, he was recorded sexually abusing children in a house that another politician engaged in a threesome with prostitutes. Litvinenko had written all of this in a web post.
The claim was recorded in Sir Robert Owen’s inquiry into Litvinenko’s murder, and it was not the only allegation he made about Putin following his escape from Russia when he went to settle in Britain.
Litvinenko exposed these details after Putin was pictured kissing the stomach of a five-year-old boy. This happened in a walkabout in June 2006 at the Kremlin.
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.
‘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.
‘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.)’
The Kremlin did not make a direct comment on the allegations made by Litvinenko, but the Russian government yesterday dismissed the report as ‘Western propaganda’.
Litvinenko’s widow Marina mentioned that she had ‘no idea’ whether or not the paedophile claims were real.
Litvinenko passed away in November 2006 after he drank tea laced with radioactive polonium during a meeting with Dmitri Kovtun and Andrei Lugovoi at a hotel in London.
Here waswhat Putin had to say about the boy he kissed:
‘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 boy, Nikita Konkin said 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.’
Six years later, Nikita said: ‘My grandma and me were at Red Square. I was talking to a friend, I didn’t even see Putin. And then grandma told me: “Look, the president’s coming!”
‘I turned, he was walking with bodyguards. He waved his hand to me as if he called me. I went to him. Putin asked who I am – and then kissed me. That was it. I was surprised a lot.
‘I’m not really into politics, I prefer playing football. I go to a sports club, and really want to make it to a football club. Before I was saying I wanted to become a president – not any more.’