Putin implicated in fatal poisoning of former KGB spy at posh London hotel

January 21, 2016 10:54 AM

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Putin implicated in fatal poisoning of former KGB spy at posh London hotel

LONDON — Russian President Vladimir Putin was likely personally responsible for approving the fatal poisoning at a posh London hotel of a former KGB operative-turned-U.K. intelligence agent, according to the findings of a highly anticipated British inquiry released Thursday.

The conclusion, which comes nearly a decade after Alexander Litvinenko succumbed to the effects of polonium slipped into a cup of green tea at London’s Millennium Hotel, is sure to raise tensions between London and Moscow. It comes at a sensitive time, as the West seeks Russian cooperation in ending...

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