From Russia with love

Say it with polonium-210.

LONDON — A former Russian spy turned Kremlin critic who died in a London hospital was poisoned with a radioactive substance, the British government said Friday, calling the attack, reminiscent of a Cold War thriller, an "unprecedented event."

In a statement dictated on his deathbed, Alexander Litvinenko blamed a "barbaric and ruthless" Russian President Vladimir Putin for his fatal poisoning. Putin said he deplored the former spy’s death but condemned his statement as a political provocation.

The Health Protection Agency said polonium-210, a radioactive element, had been found in Litvinenko’s urine.

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