The true story of the polonium poisoning case that shocked the world
Alexander Litvinenko died in London in 2006, the first registered case of poisoning by radioactive polonium-201. It was dispensed in his tea in a London hotel and the case caused shockwaves around the world. Litvinenko was a former officer of the Russian FSB secret service, and specialised in tackling organised crime. After being arrested on charges of exceeding the authority of his position – after publicly accusing his superiors of an assassination – he fled to London and was granted asylum. In exile in the UK he turned his hand to writing and succeeded in constantly irritating his former masters and became Putin’s most ebullient and needling critic. He also became a British agent, employed by MI6 as an expert on Russian organised crime. This remarkable film charts the story behind the shocking political murder of Litvinenko and how he helped the police on his deathbed. With unprecedented access to the Metropolitan Police team it recreates each step of the lengthy police inquiry, which up until now has remained secret, and reveals for the first time the extraordinary details of the investigation into the death of the former Russian spy through the experiences of the key Scotland Yard detectives, who have never before spoken to the media. Combining first hand testimony from key witnesses, with first class dramatisation of key events and never-before-seen archive, this film shows how the FSB so nearly got away with murder and demonstrates the ramifications that are still being played out today.