Marina Litvinenko, widow of murdered KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko makes her way back to the High Court in central London, January 27, 2015. (REUTERS/Andrew Winning)
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Ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko, who died three months after drinking tea poisoned with a radioactive isotope, told British police that President Vladimir Putin was personally behind his killing, an inquiry heard Tuesday.At the start of a long-awaited inquiry which will delve into the murky world of British and Russian spies, exiled Russian oligarchs and the mafia, lawyer Robin Tam said secret British government evidence provided a prima facie case of Russian culpability.In a passionate opening speech, Ben Emmerson, the lawyer for Litvinenko's widow Marina, also blamed Putin.Litvinenko, who fled Russia exactly six years before he was fatally poisoned, had become a stringent critic of Putin and the FSB security agency, successor to the KGB.
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