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British Detectives Investigating Poisoned Russian Spy Are Poisoned in Russia

Russian whistleblower Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned in London when his tea was laced with Plutonium-210.  British investigators trying to solve the case went to Moscow, where they claimed they were poisoned while in the office of the prosecutor general.

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Officers from Scotland Yard were sent to Moscow to investigate the men suspected of poisoning Mr Litvinenko, a former KGB agent and critic of the Russian government.

Former detective inspector Brian Tarpey, who led the investigation, said members of his team were poisoned during a visit to the prosecutor general’s office.

Litvinenko defected to Great Britain and planned to expose the corruption within the Russian intelligence.  Litvinenko fell ill in November of 2006 and died three weeks later.  The autopsy showed that he had died as the result of Plutonium-210 which had been placed in his tea.

Scotland Yard officers travelled to Moscow to investigate the two men who allegedly put the polonium in Litvinenko’s tea. Brian Tarpey, who led the investigation, says his team was poisoned during a visit to the prosecutor general’s office.

“I had a cup of tea and we left. I started to feel uncomfortable. Not wanting to put too fine a point on it, I had the sh**s,” Tarpey said in a new Channel 4 documentary about the case. “We were probably poisoned with something like gastroenteritis. I think there was a deliberate ploy to weaken us physically because we were the decision makers in the team.”

The Russian embassy in the United Kingdom declined to comment on Tarpey’s accusations, according to The Sunday Times.

A British inquiry into the murder found “strong circumstantial evidence of Russian state responsibility.” Investigators concluded the assassination was likely ordered by President Vladimir Putin, but the 328-page report offers no direct evidence to back up the claim.

 

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