Putin probably approved murder of ex-Russian spy

Alexander Litvinenko

Alexander Litvinenko in hospital after his poisoning
Photo: Getty Image

Alexander Litvinenko in hospital after his poisoning Photo: Getty Image
Alexander Litvinenko in hospital after his poisoning
Photo: Getty Image

The murder of former spy Alexander Litvinenko in 2006 was “probably” approved by President Vladimir Putin, a public inquiry has concluded.

Litvinenko died aged 43 in London in 2006, days after being poisoned with radioactive polonium-210, which he is believed to have drunk in a cup of tea.

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A public inquiry into his death began in January 2015.

Chairman Sir Robert Owen said it was likely Putin signed off the killing following a long-running feud.