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Hunting the KGB Killers (2017)
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Hunting the KGB Killers (2017)

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Given current events, any insight into the way in which Russia operates on the world stage is worth paying attention to, so the timing of Hunting the KGB Killers (Channel 4) feels apt. This is a rigorous and gripping documentary that tells the story of what happened to former KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko, poisoned with one million times the lethal dose of polonium in London in 2006.

It is all but certain that the highest levels of Russian government were involved, according to the British courts, which makes this film as alarming as it is fascinating.

Many of those involved talk on screen here for the first time. We hear from Litvinenko’s widow, Marina, who speaks with a quiet sense of loss and a furiously dignified sense of justice, as well as his son, Anatoly. The then foreign secretary Margaret Beckett offers her perspective on what it has done for Anglo-Russian relations. The detectives who worked on the case assess its impossibilities with professionalism and an occasional flash of grim humour.

Alexander Litvinenko @ Wikipedia