Widow of ex-Russian spy to decide on final bid for public inquiry on husband's murder
LONDON (REUTERS) - The widow of Alexander Litvinenko, the former Russian spy murdered in London in 2006, made a tearful appeal for financial help to establish whether the Moscow government was behind the killing.
The British government in July rejected a request by coroner Robert Owen for an inquiry, which he said could have revealed whether Russia held any responsibility for the killing.
Mr Litvinenko, 43, died after drinking tea poisoned with a rare radioactive isotope, polonium-210, in a London hotel. From his deathbed, he accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of ordering his murder. Moscow has repeatedly denied the charge.
Mrs Marina Litvinenko has until Monday afternoon to decide whether to apply for a judicial review of the government decision, taken by Home Secretary (interior minister) Theresa May.