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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Director's Home Ransacked

ReutersMarina Litvinenko posing with Nekrasov during a photocall Saturday for "Rebellion: The Litvinenko Case" in Cannes.
CANNES, France -- The director of a documentary about Alexander Litvinenko says his house was ransacked last month, with the vandals leaving a photo of the poisoned former FSB officer amid the wreckage.

Andrei Nekrasov, a friend of Litvinenko, screened an early showing of "Rebellion: The Litvinenko Case," at the Cannes film festival on Friday. One scene shows him returning to his house in Finland to find it in disarray, with broken windows and books strewn about.

Set atop his bed was the shot of a dying Litvinenko, hairless after he was poisoned with the radioactive element polonium-210. Nekrasov said nothing was taken from his house, and that there have been no leads.

"It could be some thugs, you know," he said. "It's difficult for me to believe that [President Vladimir] Putin orders my house in Finland being broken [into], but who knows?" he said.

A Finnish police officer on the case, Pekka Lyijynen, said the house was old and in bad repair. The officer said the break-in was likely carried out by a gang of drunken young people, especially as it occurred over the May Day weekend when it is common for drunken "moped gangs" to break into properties.

Cannes announced the last-minute inclusion of "Rebellion" in the official lineup Wednesday, a day after British prosecutors announced they were seeking the extradition of Andrei Lugovoi in Litvinenko's death. The movie has footage of Litvinenko on his deathbed, as well as interviews with him long before his poisoning. It also includes interviews with investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who was later murdered, and with Litvinenko's widow, Marina.

Marina Litvinenko, who attended the film's official screening Saturday, said it was important for the film to be shown at Cannes. "It's very important to know what happened in London in November and why it happened, and it's very important that it never happen again in any country," she said at a news conference with Nekrasov. The director said he was confident investigators would do their job well, but Litvinenko appeared less optimistic, answering only "no comment" when asked whether she believed justice would be done. AP, Reuters