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Former Russian Spy Dies After Alleged Poisoning

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Former Russian Spy Dies After Alleged Poisoning

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Former Russian Spy Dies After Alleged Poisoning

Former Russian Spy Dies After Alleged Poisoning

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A former Russian spy who claims he was poisoned has died in a London hospital. Alexander Litvinenko was a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government.

Litvinenko had been investigating the killing of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya. Also a critic of the Russian government, Politkovskaya was gunned down at her Moscow apartment last month.

Litvinenko said he became sick after meeting two Russians in a hotel on Nov. 1.

Although Litvinenko claims he was poisoned, an official cause of death hasn't been determined.