- Category: World News
- Published Thursday, January 21, 2016
- CTV News
LONDON - A British judge is set to release the findings of a lengthy public inquiry into the 2006 poisoning death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.
Judge Robert Owen is expected Thursday to address possible Russian state involvement in the former spy's death in London.
Litvinenko, who had become a vocal critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, died after he was poisoned with polonium-210, an isotope that is deadly if ingested in tiny quantities.
He had fled from Russian to Britain in 2000 after breaking with Putin and his inner circle.
British police have accused Dmitry Kovtun and Andrei Lugovoi of carrying out the killing, sponsored by elements in the Kremlin. Both deny involvement, and Moscow refuses to extradite them.
The case led to a souring of British ties to Russia.