Poisoned spy widow defends husband

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Published: Tuesday 3rd February 2015 by The News Editor

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The widow of poisoned spy Alexander Litvinenko has told an inquiry into his death that he would not have acquired the nuclear materials that killed him.

Marina Litvinenko was asked about an allegation that her late husband, whom she affectionately knew as Sasha, had inadvertently poisoned himself when obtaining radioactive substance polonium-210.

Mr Litvinenko, 43, a former Russian spy who worked for British intelligence services during his time in the UK, died at University College Hospital nearly three weeks after he consumed tea laced with polonium-210 on November 1 at the Millennium Hotel in London’s Grosvenor Square.

Two men – former KGB bodyguard turned politician Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitri Kovtun – were named as the main suspects in 2007. Both deny any involvement and remain in Russia.

Asked if it was possible that Mr Litvinenko ingested the poison when he had acquired the polonium-210 himself, Mrs Litvinenko said: “It’s not possible from my point of view. Sasha was (a) very legal person. Because using what I believe… nuclear materials… it’s illegal and he will not do any illegal things in this country.”

Published: Tuesday 3rd February 2015 by The News Editor

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