December 12 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 4, 2013
The widow of a Russian dissident poisoned in London broke down in tears today as she described how she is struggling to fund a public inquiry into his death.
Marina Litvinenko pleaded with the British public for money to finance her bid to find out “the truth” surrounding the death of former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko seven years ago.
She wept as she told how she could be faced with a bill for at least £40,000 and lose “almost everything” if she continued a legal battle with the UK Government.
“I really want to get the truth,” Mrs Litvinenko told reporters, after her latest round of High Court litigation in London. “I absolutely cannot just give up.”
Mrs Litvinenko believes Home Secretary Theresa May should order a public inquiry into her 43-year-old husband’s death and wants the High Court to rule she was wrong not to.
But she could be left with legal bills running into many tens of thousands of pounds if judges rule that Mrs May did nothing wrong.
She has told judges that she will make a decision on whether to continue her application for a judicial review by late Monday.
“I need to take some very serious decisions,” Mrs Litvinenko told reporters, as she fought back tears. “I have 48 hours to decide.”
Her lawyer, Elena Tsirlina, said she needed help to continue the fight and added: “We are asking the people of this country for money.”
Mr Litvinenko was poisoned with radioactive polonium-210 while drinking tea with two Russian men, one a former KGB officer, at the Millennium Hotel in Grosvenor Square in 2006 and died later.