Thousands of people in Britain were put in grave danger when assassins used a radioactive chemical to launch a ‘miniature nuclear attack’ on Alexander Litvinenko, a court heard yesterday.
Russian Special Forces used a photograph of Alexander Litvinenko as target practice during firearms training, the public inquiry into the spy’s death heard yesterday.
A picture of Mr Litvinenko’s face was apparently riddled with bullet holes after being shot on a rifle range.
Thousands of people in Britain were put in grave danger when assassins used a radioactive chemical to launch a ‘miniature nuclear attack’ on the dissident Russian, the inquiry was told.
Respected judge Sir Robert Owen said the highly deadly toxin fed to the former KGB spy could have been used to ‘kill large numbers of people or spread general panic and hysteria among the public’.
On the opening day of the inquiry into his death, the Royal Courts of Justice heard radioactive traces were found in ‘large numbers of places’ after two Russian hitmen laced Mr Litvinenko’s tea with a lethal dose polonium-210 at a London hotel.
Biochemical experts found a teapot at the Pine Bar in the Millennium Hotel in Mayfair with readings for polonium-210 which were off the charts.
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