A Very English Murder

Litvinenko was poisoned in a tea-cup:

Mr Gordievsky told The Times yesterday how "Vladislav was described as someone who could help Mr Litvinenko win a lucrative contract with a Moscow-based private security company. Sasha (his name for Litvinenko) remembered the man making him a cup of tea. His belief is that the water from the kettle was only lukewarm and that the polonium-210 was added, which heated the drink through radiation so he had a hot cup of tea. The poison would have showed up in a cold drink," he added.

The British police now have a clear suspect. Sources say he is very close to Putin and the FSB. If that pans out, the consequences for Europe-Russia relations are profound.