Russia rejects spy death blame

Russia has denied that it was involved in the murder of Kremlin critic and former spy Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006. A British lawyer told a hearing into Litvinenko's poisoning that the Russian government was likely involved in his death.

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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 Credit: Getty Images

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".

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