Litvinenko’s body posed autopsy hazard: coroner

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LONDON–The body of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was so radioactive that his post-mortem was ��one of the most dangerous�� ever undertaken, a pathologist said Wednesday.

Nathaniel Cary said Litvinenko’s body was so hazardous that it was left in place for two days after he died in a London hospital on Nov. 23, 2006, from poisoning with radioactive polonium-210.

��It has been described as one of the most dangerous post-mortem examinations ever undertaken in the Western world,�� Cary said on the second day of the inquiry into Litvinenko’s death. ��I think that’s about right.��

Litvinenko, a former KGB agent turned Kremlin critic, fell violently ill on Nov. 1, 2006, after drinking tea with two Russian men at a London hotel.

Police Det. Insp. Craig Mascall told the inquiry Wednesday that the men who met Litvinenko �X Dmitry Kovtun and Andrei Lugovoi �X are still wanted for murder.