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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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Poisoned spy's wife: 'Whole world will know the truth'

The widow of a Russian spy poisoned in London has said the "whole world" will know the truth about what happened to her husband as a public inquiry into his death formally opened.

Marina Litvinenko, the widow of Alexander Llitvinenko. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Marina Litvinenko said outside the Royal Courts of Justice she was positive the inquiry into her husband Alexander's death would get under way in January next year.

Sir Robert Owen, chair of the inquiry, praised the widow in the hearing for her patience in the face of "highly regrettable" delays.

Ms Litvinenko said today was a "special" day and she was confident the inquiry will start on schedule.

"Everybody all around the world will know the truth," she added.

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