Inquiry into the murder of Alexander Litvinenko


An inquiry into the murder of ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in 2006 has found that his death was ‘probably’ approved by President Vladimir Putin. The report revealed that Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun deliberately poisoned Mr Litvinenko by placing the radioactive substance polonium-210 in his drink at a hotel. Ben Emmerson QC of Matrix Chambers was counsel for Marina and Anatoly Litvinenko, and Alex Bailin QC and Lorna Skinner represented the UK print and broadcast media at the Inquiry.