Widow: PM ‘did nothing’ after Litvinenko’s death

Britain appears unable to protect those seeking political asylum in the UK, according to the widow of murdered Alexander Litvinenko.

Marina Litvinenko, whose husband was poisoned with polonium in 2006, told Sky News “nothing was done” following a public inquiry into Mr Litvinenko’s death.

She suggested Theresa May, home secretary at the time of the inquiry, has failed to act over her husband’s murder, suspected to have been personally signed off by Russia’s President Putin.

Mrs Litvinenko said she was shocked at the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

The nerve agent attack has cast fresh suspicions on Moscow’s activities in Britain.

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Mrs Litvinenko revealed a letter sent to her by Mrs May, after the inquiry into her husband’s murder concluded in 2016, in which the now Prime Minister vowed to “take every step to protect the UK and its people from such a crime ever being repeated”.

Marina Litvinenko says lessons of her husband's murder not learned
The letter sent to Marina Litvinenko by Theresa May in 2016

Speaking to Sky News on Sunday, she said: “We received very strong words after meeting in 2016 and I believed something would be done, but after three years we can see nothing was done.”

Mr Skripal, who had acted as a double agent for the UK’s intelligence services, came to Britain after being released from a Russian prison under a spy swap in 2010.

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Asked whether the attack on Mr Skripal demonstrates Britain is unable to protect those offered political asylum in the UK, Mrs Litvinenko said: “It looks like, after what happened to my husband, and you accepted people who might be targeted from a foreign country, it looks like you’re not able, for now.”

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