Authorities in Britain have been trying to reassure the public following the suspicious death of a former KGB spy and staunch Kremlin critic in London. Police have been visiting a number of addresses where traces of Polonium 210 were found – the radioactive substance which killed Alexander Litvinenko. Three people have been referred to a special clinic for radiological tests as a precautionary measure says professor Pat Troop from the Health Protection Agency:
“We do think that the risk is very low but we always prefer to be safe and precautionary rather than take any risk with the public.”
Litvinenko has accused the Kremlin of being behind his death claiming in a letter that Russian president Vladimir Putin himself ordered his killing. Downing Street has said it is premature to jump to any conclusions before police have completed their investigation. Home Secretary John Reid:
“The police are continuing with an extensive examination of CCTV footage to trace possible witnesses, to examine Mr Litvinenko’s movements at relevant times including when he first became ill and to identify people he may have met.”
The Kremlin has described Litvinenko’s murder allegation as ridiculous. President Putin said the death was being used for political provocation.