Brighton Festival 2017Public booking opens: Fri 24 Feb, 9am

Past Festivals

Past Event

The Litvinenko Inquiry

with Marina Litvinenko and Luke Harding

In 2006 Alexander Litvinenko - journalist, Kremlin critic, and undercover MI6 spy - was poisoned in central London. The murder weapon? Polonium: rare, lethal and highly radioactive. His crime? He had made some powerful enemies in Russia. In January 2016, a high level British inquiry into the killing not only established that the Russian state was involved, but that a link could probably be traced to Vladimir Putin himself.

Marina Litvinenko, Alexander's widow who has spent years fighting for the truth about her husbands murder, will be joined in this discussion by Luke Harding , the Guardian's former Moscow correspondent who has written the definitive story of the life and death of Litvinenko.

This is a shocking story, with corruption and subterfuge at every turn and walk-on parts from the Russian mafia, the KGB, MI6 agents, dedicated British coppers and Russian dissidents. At the heart of it all is an individual and his family torn apart by a ruthless crime.

Chaired by Oliver Bullough, journalist and author of The Last Man in Russia and Let Our Fame Be Great.

Sat 7 May, 7.30pm (doors 7pm)

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