Scaramella was born in 1970 in Naples, Italy.
An academic by training, he went to work
in 2002 as an advisor to Italy’s Mitrokhin Commission
which was investigating allegations of KGB recruitment
of Italian politicians. In 2005, he contacted Litvinenko
and asked him to provide information about KGB operations
in Italy. He paid Litvinenko a small sum for the interview.
In late October 2006, he received an email from Evgeuni
Limanov, an “researcher” based in an Alpine
village in France, whose “foundation” was
funded by Berezovsky. Limanov claimed that he had intercepted
a Russian death-list, which included the names of Scaramella
and Litvinenko because they were associates of Berezovsky,
who it named as the “enemy No 1 of Russia."
Provoked by the “death-list,” Scaramella
made an appointment to see Litvinenko. At the end of
October, he flew from Rome to London, and met Litvinenko
for lunch on November 1 at the Itsu Sushi. After that
meeting Scaramella was contaminated by Polonium 210.
It also turned out that the “death list”
cited by Limanov was a fabrication. In December, after
Scaramella was released from the hospital in London,
he returned to Italy where he was arrested on an unrelated
charge of calumny.