Major Channel 4 documentary looks into the murder of Russian dissident 

13/04/2017 00:00 
On Easter Monday at 9pm, Channel 4 will air the Truevision documentary Hunting the KGB killers.
 

This is the story of the death of Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko as told by his family, the doctors who treated him and the police who investigated his death.

Among the many people interviewed for the 90-minute programme were UCLH critical care consultants Jim Down and John Goldstone, haematology consultant Amit Nathwani and nurse Sam Abdul.

The four were just some of the many clinicians who came into contact with Mr Litvinenko in October 2006 before he died of polonium poisoning at University College Hospital.

Litvinenko became embroiled in a world of international espionage and political conspiracies, after he repeatedly exposed systemic corruption in the Kremlin.

Hunting the KGB Killers will reveal, for the first time, the remarkable details of the extraordinary investigation into Litvinenko’s murder through the experiences of key Scotland Yard detectives who have never before spoken to the media

With unprecedented access, the documentary recreates each step of the exhaustive police investigation which spanned the UK and Russia and has, until now, remained a secret.
 
For the first time, those involved in the international manhunt for Litvinenko’s murders will reveal what went on behind the headlines and how they uncovered an assassination plot that went right to the heart of the Russian Government.
 
Litvinenko’s death had massive political implications for the balance of international power, showing on a global stage the ruthlessness of the post-Soviet regime at a time when President Putin had been heralded as a reforming democrat by the West.  
 
The film includes contributions from the detectives responsible for both the British and Moscow part of the investigation and the day-to day running of the case. It also features some of the UCLH doctors who desperately battled a mysterious and completely novel toxin while trying to treat Litvinenko.

Other key appearances are made by Dame Margaret Beckett, the then Foreign Secretary, Alexander’s wife Marina and his son Anatoly. It is the first time Anatoly speaks on camera about the murder of his father.
 
The investigation, which culminated in a public inquiry in 2015, was one of the most comprehensive investigations by Scotland Yard in in UK criminal history. The inquiry brought to light its extraordinary details; from poisoned teapots to incompetent assassins to links to Vladimir Putin himself.

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