The U.K. government’s decision not to hold a public inquiry into the death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko was wrong and should be reconsidered, a court ruled.
The wife of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko has lost confidence in a coroner’s inquest as the British government said it is considering whether to allow a public inquiry into his death.
The death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006 should be the subject of a public inquiry, the coroner responsible for the inquest said.
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, the first British leader to visit Russia since the 2006 murder in London of dissident Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko, urged the two countries to cooperate over shared economic interests.
A British inquiry into the death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko will begin in early 2013, more than six years after he died in a London hospital from radiation poisoning.
Concern that a public inquiry into the death of former spy Alexander Litvinenko would alienate Russia was among reasons that the U.K. rejected a request for one, according to the Guardian.