In 2006 Alexander Litvinenko, a former FSB officer, Russian dissident and undercover MI6 spy was poisoned by two assassins in a London hotel when he drank a cup of tea laced with polonium-210. He had been about to expose links between the Russian mafia in Spain and Putin’s Kremlin. After his death, the British government delayed the opening of a public enquiry for 8 years, despite lobbying from Litvinenko’s widow Marina. In 2016 it was finally established that the assassination was carried out by Russia’s FSB spy agency and was “probably” approved by Putin himself.
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