Russian suspect says ex-spy Litvinenko's death was an accident

April 8, 2015 10:55 AM

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Russian suspect says ex-spy Litvinenko's death was an accident

MOSCOW (Reuters) - One of two Russians accused of poisoning ex-Soviet spy Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006 said on Wednesday the former KGB officer may have killed himself accidentally while handling radioactive polonium.

The death of Litvinenko, who accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of ordering his murder, helped drag relations between Moscow and London to new post-Cold War lows and Britain launched an inquiry into the death last year.

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