Inquiry opens into the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko

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Inquiry opens into the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko

An inquiry into the poisoning of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko started at the Royal Courts of Justice today.

The judge leading the investigation said finding out what happened was a matter of “utmost gravity”.

Mr Litvinenko died from radiation poisoning in London in 2006 – nearly three weeks after drinking tea laced with polonium.

Two Russians, Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun, have denied any involvement.

The hearing was told the 43-year-old began working with British security service MI6 in 2003, three years after he first arrived in Britain.

He fled to the UK where he became a vocal critic of the Kremlin.

Jon Naylor explains more.

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