Russian Spy Series to Tackle High-Profile Poisoning of FSB Officer

Former Russian secret service officer Alexander Litvinenko died in 2006

Russia is making a spy TV series featuring, among other events, the 2006 high-profile London poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, a former officer of the Russian secret service FSB.

The eight-part series, titled Nepodsudnye (Outside the Jurisdiction), is being produced by Central Partnership for the network NTV, owned by Gazprom's media wing and known for making smear documentaries about opposition activists.

Incidentally, parliament member Andrei Lugovoi, who was suspected of being involved in Litvinenko's poisoning, is acting as a consultant on the series.

"I have known Lugovoi for a long time, and I am very glad that he agreed to share his memories of some events," producer Denis Frolov said in a statement.

Litvinenko fled Russia and received political asylum in the United Kingdom, after which he reportedly worked for the MI6 and MI5 secret services.

The series will also feature several high-profile Russians, including the late tycoons Boris Berezovsky and Badri Patrikatsishvili.

According to Lugovoi, he previously received offers from filmmakers but turned them down.

"Political events of the 1990s and early 2000s were of interest to many, including foreign screenwriters, but I deliberately refused because, having a different mentality, none of them was able to truthfully tell a Russian story," Lugovoy said.

He added that he would not comment on the Litvinenko poisoning and that the version being depicted in the series comes exclusively from the screenwriter.

The series is scheduled to premiere in 2015.

Several years ago, the Litvinenko story was featured in the Russian documentary Rebellion: The Litvinenko Case. There were also reports that Hollywood was interested in the story.

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