The murder of Alexander Litvinenko in 2006 with radioactive polonium-210 should have been a watershed moment in the UK’s relations with Russia, but it wasn’t. More than a decade ago the UK chose not to confront Russia. The impacts of that decision are still being felt today, from Wiltshire to Washington DC.
In response to Alexander’s murder, the Kremlin — in what has now become its standard response to just about everything — blustered and launched a blizzard of lies.
Successive British governments went along with this, hushing up details of his killing by delaying a public inquiry. In 2013 Theresa May, who was then home secretary, admitted “international relations have been a factor in the government’s decision-making.”
Read more in The Times.