US spies intercepted communications between the chief suspects in the murder case of Russian former spy Alexander Litvinenko, linking his poisoning to the Russian state, Britain`s Daily Telegraph reported Saturday.
The British government today announced plans for a wide-ranging public inquiry into the 2006 death of poisoned ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.
The British govt has acknowledged that international relations were a factor in its decision not to hold a public inquiry into the death of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko.
Alexander Litvinenko, an intelligence agent turned Kremlin critic, died in London in 2006 after drinking tea laced with the radioactive isotope polonium-210.
: A coroner overseeing a British inquest into the 2006 poisoning death of Alexander Litvinenko has requested that a separate public inquiry be held so that crucial evidence can be scrutinised.
Another lawyer said the UK has evidence that the Russian government was behind Litvinenko`s death.
A British inquest into the killing of ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko may make public previously unreleased details about the murder investigation, a lawyer said.
It is believed that Russian spies are monitoring London-based oligarchs, or are engaged in industrial spying.
UK already demanded extradition from Russia of ex agent Andrei Lugovoi on suspicion of murdering Litvinenko in 2006.
Alexander Litvinenko, a former FSB officer, died after drinking tea laced with polonium at a London hotel in 2006.
The directive refers specifically to EU and Western Europe and appears to be signed by the head of counter-intelligence of FSB.
Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned in London in Nov 2006 using polonium-210.
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