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Hunting the KGB Killers

  • Documentary and factual
  • Lifestyle
  • 2017
  • Chris Malone

Summary

The inside story of the murder of Alexander Litvinenko in November 2006 by means of the radioactive poison polonium 210, and of the international manhunt that led to the steps of the Kremlin. The Scotland Yard detectives who led the enquiry and the doctors who fought to save Litvinenko's life reveal the political and diplomatic obstacle course they faced in investigating the murder and tell how their quarries left a toxic trail through the heart of London.

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A detective hunting Russian agents who poisoned Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006 describes the moment an expert from the Atomic Weapons Establishment in Aldermaston called him with test results.

“I was told ‘it’s polonium, a million times the lethal dose,” says Supt Clive Timmons. “[Litvinenko] is dead.” Though the former KGB man was clinging to life in a London hospital at the time, Timmons got the stark message. There was no hope.

This fascinating, disturbing documentary, with contributions from the investigation team, Litvinenko’s wife Marina and son Anatoly, follows the polonium trail left in London by two Russian FSB agents. Both are believed to have acted on the direct orders of Vladimir Putin, neither has been brought to justice.

If the Russians wish to dispute the police version of events, says Timmons, “they can happily bowl up here and have their day in court.”

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Credits

Cast

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Self - NarratorEddie Marsan
Alexander LitvinenkoAndrew Byron
Andrey LugovoyHubert Hanowicz
Dmitri KovtunJon Foster
Mario ScaramellaLorenzo Martelli
DI Brian TarpeySimon Murray
NurseZohra Bhatti
Russian photographerDeborah Parrington
Detective WhiteGraham Parrington

Crew

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DirectorChris Malone
ProducerRichard Kerbaj
ComposerNainita Desai
EditorDavid Gasson
EditorKim Horton

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