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BBC: Probe into ex-KGB agent poisoning

UK police are investigating after a Russian former security agent in exile in Britain was poisoned by thallium.

Alexander Litvinenko, a former KGB colonel and critic of President Vladimir Putin, fell ill on 1 November after a meeting at a London sushi bar.

A clinical toxicologist said the 43-year-old had been poisoned with a potentially lethal dose of the metal.

Mr Litvinenko is in a serious but stable condition in University College Hospital, London.

He is reported to be under armed guard.

'50/50 chance'

Mr Litvinenko had been investigating the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, a harsh critic of Mr Putin and Russian policy in Chechnya, who was killed in Moscow last month.

Speaking to the BBC last week, he said a contact had approached him to say they should talk, and they arranged to meet at a restaurant in Piccadilly.

by Fran on Mon Nov 20th, 2006 at 12:14:40 AM EST
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Just saw that eternalcityblues has a diary up on this topic: Spystory Mania: Litvinenko's "Italian Connection"
by Fran on Mon Nov 20th, 2006 at 01:23:22 AM EST
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