British inquiry to report on ex-spy’s radiation murder


LONDON: A British judge could point the finger at Russia on Thursday for the radiation poisoning of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London as an inquiry into his agonizing death publishes its conclusions. The Guardian newspaper reported the inquiry could “find the Russian state liable for his death” in 2006 and said diplomats were urging Prime Minister David Cameron not to launch major sanctions in retaliation. The inquiry’s chairman, judge Robert Owen, said even before the start of the hearings last year that he believed there was evidence of “a prima facie case as to the culpability of the Russian state.” Russia has condemned the inquiry as “politicized.” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov shrugged it off on the eve of publication, saying: “This is not in the range of topics that are of interest to us.”


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