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2006: Former KGB Agent Alexander Litvinenko Dies in London

2006: Former KGB Agent Alexander Litvinenko Dies in London
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  • historical event: The prime suspect for the murder of Litvinenko, Andrey Lugovoy, is currently living in Russia and is a representative in the Duma. The UK unsuccessfully requested his extradition.

On this day in 2006 former KGB and FSB agent Alexander Litvinenko died in London. The cause of death was poisoning by lethal radioactive polonium-210.

It is assumed that he was deliberately poisoned with this isotope in order to eliminate him. Litvinenko was in England as a political asylum seeker, after leaving Russia, where he was a dissident. He wrote two books in which he accused the Russian secret service for the crimes which brought Vladimir Putin to power. The prime suspect for the murder of Litvinenko, Andrey Lugovoy, is currently living in Russia and is a representative in the Duma. The UK has unsuccessfully requested his extradition.

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