The Litvinenko Inquiry at Brighton Festival
Past Event
Books & Debates

The Litvinenko Inquiry

Thu 11 Feb 2016

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.