A friend of the former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko and his widow Marina said the coroner's decision was "deeply dismaying", and that it was "upsetting" that Britain had prioritised relations with Russia over the need to hold an open inquest:
It appears the British government is more concerned about the use of chemical weapons in Syria than radioactive weapons being used on the streets of London.
On the other hand, it's an admission by the British government that the Russian state is culpable because otherwise they would not have requested immunity.
That in itself is a partial victory for Marina.
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