Russian state involvement will not be considered

Alexander Litvinenko in 1998 Credit: Reuters

Coroner Sir Robert Owen has upheld a request by Foreign Secretary William Hague to keep secret any evidence that Russian state agencies may have been involved in Alexander Litvinenko's death.

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Litvinenko inquest to exclude evidence

A coroner has ruled that the UK inquest into the death of Russian former spy Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006 will exclude claims of involvement by the Russian state.