Litvinenko was a British citizen and fugitive from Russia, his original homeland. News of his death became a top world headline in late 2006. Dunkerley says the popular storyline was, "Former KGB Spy Litvinenko was murdered by Russian president Vladimir Putin who poisoned him with radioactive polonium." But Dunkerley presents evidence that there are virtually no facts to back up that media theme.
Dunkerley also takes a critical look at the role of the London Coroner's office in the Litvinenko case. Now five and half years after Litvinenko's death, Dunkerley asks, "Why didn't the Coroner wrap up the case years ago?" In his new report, Dunkerley describes a litany of contributing problems. He concludes that the case has been irreparably damaged by the Coroner's handling of it and by what he calls the prevailing non-fact-based media coverage.
The new report can be seen here: www.omnicompress.com/
William Dunkerley is a media business analyst and consultant based in New Britain, CT. Dunkerley works extensively in Russia and other post-communist countries, and has advised governments on matters of press freedom and media sector development. He has written and spoken widely about media issues related to Russia.