3:33 pm, Thu 13 Dec 2012 Russia rejects spy death blame
Litvinenko 'paid by British and Spanish secret services'
Former spy Alexander Litvinenko was paid by both British and Spanish secret services, a pre-inquest review into his death heard today.
The 43-year-old spy, who died of polonium-210 poisoning in 2006, received wages from both agencies from both states into a joint bank account he held with his wife, the hearing was told.
3:28 pm, Thu 13 Dec 2012 Russia rejects spy death blame
Russian state 'involved in Litvinenko murder'
Evidence found by the Government has shown the Russian state was involved in the murder of former spy Alexander Litvinenko, a pre-inquest hearing heard today.
Alexander Litvinenko died in hospital in November 2006
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Mr Litvinenko died in November 2006 after his tea was poisoned with polonium-210, allegedly after meeting with two Russians: former KGB contacts Andrei Lugovoy and Dmitry Kovtun, in central London.
Hugh Davies, counsel to the inquest into Mr Litvinenko's death, said assessments of confidential material submitted by the British Government had "established a prima facie case as to the culpability of the Russian state in the death of Alexander Litvinenko".
12:32 pm, Thu 20 Sep 2012 Russia rejects spy death blame
Litvinenko police report on possible MI6 links redacted
Parts of a police report on whether murdered Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko had contact with the British intelligence service before he died will be kept secret at the Government's request.
The Metropolitan Police investigated whether Mr Litvinenko was in touch with MI6 prior to his death in November 2006,
a pre-inquest review hearing was told.
Counsel for the inquest Hugh Davies said: "This redaction, of course, should not be taken as indicating one way or the other whether Mr Litvinenko did indeed have any such contact."
10:42 am, Thu 20 Sep 2012 Russia rejects spy death blame
Litvinenko's wife hoping for 'justice' as inquest begins
Jon Clements - Crime Correspondent
Asked what she hopes an inquest will achieve, widow Marina Litvinenko replied 'justice' on her way into court this morning
5:47 am, Thu 20 Sep 2012 Russia rejects spy death blame
Litvinenko's widow hopes inquest will reveal truth
Marina Litvinenko, the widow of murdered Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko, has said she hopes the inquest into his death will reveal the truth.
Marina Litvinenko, the widow of murdered Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko
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She told the BBC: "It is very important to finalise what happened six years ago in London.
"It is so difficult to live all this life without this truth and without this information. It's difficult for me, and our son, and for our friends."
5:28 am, Thu 20 Sep 2012 Russia rejects spy death blame
Parameters of Litvinenko inquest to be decided
The pre-inquest review into the death of Alexander Litvinenko will begin today to decide the parameters for the inquest itself.
It is believed Mr Litvinenko, 43, was poisoned with polonium-210 after having tea with two Russians at a London hotel in 2006, but many questions remain unanswered.
The review will decide how many witnesses there will be, how to disclose the details of Scotland Yard's investigation and whether there will be a website for the public to follow the inquest.