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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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Public inquiry opened into Litvinenko poisoning

Home Secretary Theresa May announced that a public inquiry will be held into the death of the former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.

Alexander Litvinenko died after drinking tea laced with polonium. Credit: PA

May said: "I very much hope that this inquiry will be of some comfort to his widow."

Litvinenko, 43, died after drinking tea that was poisoned with the radioactive substance polonium-210.

His widow, Marina is expected to speak later today.

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