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Litvinenko's Death Allegedly Puts London at Radiation Risk

© Images / Natasja Weitsz Alexander Litvinenko is pictured at the Intensive Care Unit of University College Hospital in London, England. (File)
Alexander Litvinenko is pictured at the Intensive Care Unit of University College Hospital in London, England. (File) - Sputnik International
Polonium trail was detected at various locations across London, including Arsenal FC's Emirates Stadium as well as various bars and hotels, the counsel to the inquiry into Litvinenko's death said.

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MOSCOW, January 28 (Sputnik) — The killers of former Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) officer Alexander Litvinenko put thousands of people across London at risk from radiation, the counsel to the inquiry into Litvinenko's death said.

Litvinenko, 43, died in 2006 after drinking tea with Russian nationals Andrey Lugovoy and Dmitry Kovtun at the Millennium Hotel in Grosvenor Square, London. UK authorities claim that Litvinenko's death was caused by polonium-210, a radioactive isotope. Very little forensic evidence is available to support the charge.

"Many thousands of members of the public, including British residents and visitors from overseas, might have been at risk from radioactivity," Robin Tam said, as quoted by The Telegraph.

Alexander Litvinenko, former KGB spy and author of the book Blowing Up Russia: Terror From Within photographed at his home in London. (File) - Sputnik International
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Tam added that the polonium trail was detected at various locations across London, including Arsenal FC's Emirates Stadium as well as bars and hotels where Lugovoy and Kovtun were staying.

The polonium trail was also found in the airplane which the two suspects used to come to London, Tam said.

Litvinenko defected from Russia to the UK in 2000. The mysterious circumstances surrounding his death sparked a full-blown international crisis. Following the incident Britain identified Lugovoi and Kovtun as prime suspects in the case, demanding their extradition from Russia. Moscow denied the extradition request, allowing, however, for questioning the suspects in Russia.

On Tuesday, UK Judge Robert Owen said that Lugovoy and Kovtun would be invited to testify via video in an ongoing inquiry into the death of Litvinenko.

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