Does Russia Actually Give Its Agents a “Licence to Kill’?

The document is in Scotland Yard's possession, as they are still investigating the Litvinenko case.

(Telegraph) Russia ‘gave agents licence to kill’ enemies of the state

By , Security Correspondent 10:23PM BST 02 Oct 2011

The Russian secret service authorised the “elimination” of individuals living overseas who were judged to be enemies of the state and ordered the creation of special units to conduct such operations, according to a document passed to The Daily Telegraph.

The directive refers specifically to the European Union and western Europe and appears to be signed by the head of counter-intelligence of the FSB, the successor to the KGB.

It is dated March 19, 2003 – four years before the killing of the former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in London. It sets a provisional deadline of May 1 2004 for the new units’ work to begin.

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