Public inquiry into Russian spy death formally opens

A public inquiry into the death of spy Alexander Litvinenko - who was poisoned with radioactive polonium-210 - has been formally opened.

The current inquest into the Russian spy's death has been suspended by coroner Sir Robert Owen ahead of the inquiry opening.

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Marina Litvinenko: 'I'm for justice and truth'

The widow of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko has said she fought for a public inquiry for "justice and truth."

Using the name her husband's loved ones knew him as, Marina Litvinenko told reporters: "For me it is very important because there is a lot of speculation about why Sacha died and what happened. I want to finish the speculation about his death."

She added: "It is very difficult to say what I feel exactly now but I was waiting for this day.... I'm for justice and truth."

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