An investigative article in Novaya gazeta dissects the official Russian version of the Litvinenko poisoning case, and reminds readers that
Until November 1 Litvinenko had left no traces of radiation anywhere.
Kovtun began to leave traces of polonium in Hamburg on October 28.
Before his meeting with Litvinenko, Lugovoy stayed in room 441 of the Millennium Hotel, where very strong traces – the initial traces – of polonium-210 were found.
The radiation “tail” followed Alexander Litvinenko only after his meeting with Kovtun and Lugovoy in the bar of the Millennium Hotel. And it was there that a cup which had been strongly contaminated with polonium was found.