More cases of polonium-210 contamination are uncovered in London

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 11 January 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:65
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1London

    The investigation into the death of the former Russian intelligence officer Alexander Litvinenko has uncovered further cases of contamination with the radioactive isotope polonium-210, and police believe that they are now close to identifying the suspected poisoners. But the chances of a criminal prosecution look slim in the face of a refusal from Russia to extradite any suspects named by British police.

    Traces of polonium-210 were last week found at the Pescatori restaurant in Mayfair, while two more people tested positive for contamination with the substance, bringing the total to 12.

    The UK Health Protection Agency, which is advising authorities on technical aspects of …

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