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Litvinenko's widow weeps recalling his last words

Alexander Litvinenko's widow wept today as she recalled the last words she heard him utter before his death, "I love you so much".

Recounting the disturbing days leading up to his death, Marina Litvinenko told the inquiry into her husband's death that he converted to Islam from his bed so he could be buried in Chechen soil.

Alexander Litvinenko's widow Marina wept as she spoke at the inquiry into his death. Credit: ITV News/Priscilla Coleman

The former Russian spy, who worked for British intelligence services during his time in the UK, died at University College Hospital nearly three weeks after he consumed tea laced with polonium-210 at the Millennium Hotel in London's Grosvenor Square.

Two men - former KGB bodyguard-turned-politician Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitri Kovtun - were named as the main suspects in 2007. Both deny any involvement and remain in Russia.

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Litvinenko's widow blames Lugovoy for his death

Asked who she blamed for her husband's death, Marina Litvinenko told the inquiry:

I tried to be very objective and not to blame just because what I do feel and what I do believe... When the police said in fact that they blamed Lugovoy and Kovtun and they have this evidence I said, 'Yes, I agree, and I agree with this investigation.'

– Alexander Litvinenko's widow Marina


Widow: Alexander Litvinenko accused Putin of being a paedophile

Marina Litvinenko told the inquiry that her husband accused Russian president Vladimir Putin of being a paedophile.

The inquiry at the Royal Courts of Justice in central London was shown a copy of the article which featured a photograph of Mr Putin and the boy and the headline 'Kremlin Paedophile'.

Giving evidence today, Mrs Litvinenko, said: "It was written in 2006 after everybody saw how Putin behaved when he met a little boy in a Kremlin tour group. He went under his t-shirt and kissed his stomach."

Robin Tam QC, counsel to the inquiry, said: "You have no idea if that allegation is true?"

Mrs Litvinenko replied: "No I have no idea."


Litvinenko 'paid £2k per month in consulting fees'

ITV News producer Sandi Sidhu reports from the Alexander Litvinenko inquiry:

Litvinenko 'wrote an article entitled Kremlin Paedophile'

Marina Litvinenko is telling the inquiry about how Alexander Litvinenko wrote articles for a website called Chechen Press after they moved to London.

She says he wrote one article entitled 'Kremlin Paedophile' which featured a photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin kissing a boy on the stomach.

She says that Boris Berezovsky funded Litvinenko's books at this time.

Litvinenko's widow describes escape to Britain

Marina Litvinenko is describing how she, Alexander and her son fled Russia because her husband feared for their safety.

She told the inquiry that her husband believe he would either be put in prison or killed if they remained in Russia.

Marina described how her husband approached police at Heathrow and said: "I am a former KGB officer and am looking for political asylum".

In May 2001, the family was given the option to change their names. Instead of Litvinenko, they took the name Carter.

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