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London coroners had a preliminary hearing over Alexander Litvinenko's death in 2006. Great Britain announced that Andrei Lugovoi was the key suspect and demanded his extradition. Russia rejected the demand. During the hearing, representatives of British secret services were expected to testify. Meanwhile, Litvinenko's widow acknowledged that he was a British spy.
The hearing was held behind closed doors, the "Nezavisimaya Gazeta" reports. Andrei Lugovoi's lawyers attended it. They demanded an expanded hearing to have the opportunity to examine of the materials related to Litvinenko's death. There has been no answer to their inquiry yet.
In an interview with Britain's Sunday Mail, Litvinenko's wife admitted for the first time that her husband had worked for MI5 and foreign intelligence MI6. He was paid dozens of thousand pounds for his help. The widow denied it. Now she says Litvinenko had consulted British secret services for more than a year. According to Marina, her husband did not tell her about every meeting with MI6; however, he did say he was helping them.
The wife of former FSB officer stunned all the global community with her statement, the "Komsomolskaya Pravda" writes. Litvinenko received fees for his services which ran into dozens of thousand pounds. When the newspaper asked whey the woman had kept the secret for so long, she explained that she had done it out of respect for her husband's memory.