Russians left polonium radiation at UK embassy when they went to insist Putin didn’t poison anyone

Russians left polonium radiation at UK embassy when they went to insist Putin didn’t poison anyone
Alexander Litvinenko, shortly before his death in 2006. (Image via UK Telegraph)

[Ed. – It’s like a plot device for a Leslie Nielsen farce or something.]

The two Russians accused of killing Alexander Litvinenko contaminated a British embassy with radiation – locking it down for months.

The agents left a trail of deadly polonium behind after they went there to deny poisoning the rebel spy with it. …

Now Paul Knott, who worked at the British Embassy there for three years, tells how Kovtun and Lugovoi turned up out of the blue after 43-year-old Mr Litvinenko’s death in London in November, 2006. …

The former Russian spy – who later worked for MI6 – had died of polonium poisoning three weeks after the substance was dropped into his drink at a meeting with the two men at a London hotel. …

It was only [after the Russians’ visit] – when it emerged Mr Litvenko’s assassins had left a trail of radiation in London – that tests were run at the embassy.

Mr Knott, who was assigned to the radiation investigation, said: “We realised these guys were trailing it everywhere they went. So we discreetly got a specialist team out to go round the place.

“There was radiation on the chairs where they’d sat, where they’d put their hands on the table.

“Even Lugovoi’s mobile phone, where he’d left it in a little slot in the security officer’s room, was showing traces. We had to preserve the evidence and make sure it wasn’t dangerous. …”

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