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What is polonium?

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Polonium is the highly radioactive poison used to kill Russian dissident and former spy Alexander Litvinenko.  Dmitry Kovtun is a witness in the Litvinenko case and is now being linked to various traces of polonium.Read Full Story

The health of Dmitry Kovtun - update

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The health of Dmitry Kovtun, a witness in the case of the murder of former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko, is continuing to get worse. He has acute radiation sickness.  Dmitry Kovtun has an acute form of radiation sickness, with internal contamination from alpha-radiation by radio-nuclides affecting his liver, kidneys, and intestines. Kovtun is now conscious after emerging from his coma.Read Full Story

Dmitry Kovtun plane, radioactive or not?

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German investigators are searching the airplane that Dmitry Kovtun used to get to London last month - they are looking for traces of the radioactive substance polonium 210.  Test results aren't yet available.   Dmitry Kovtun fell into a coma on Dec. 7 after being interviewed by Russian and U.K. authorities in connection with an inquiry into Alexander Litvinenko's death.Read Full Story

Polonium 210 in Dmitry Kovtun's ex-wife 's apartment

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Traces of radiation were found in Hamburg at Dmitry's ex-wife's apartment.  Russian businessman Dmitry Kovtun is getting linked to polonium 210. A representative of the federal radiation protection service confirmed the information this weekend.Read Full Story

Lawyers deny claims about Dmitry Kovtun

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Linked from http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=topNews&storyID=2006-12-07T201320Z_01_L07883189_RTRUKOC_0_US-BRITAIN-POISONING-KOVTUN.xml&WTmodLoc=NewsHome-C1-topNews-7 --- Dmitry Kovtun, a contact of poisoned Russian ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko, is in satisfactory health and media reports he is in critical condition are wrong, a lawyer told Reuters on Thursday. Russia's Interfax news agency reported earlier that Kovtun, who met Litvinenko in London on the day he fell ill...Read Full Story

Reuters reports that Dmitry Kovtun is in critical condition

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Linked from http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/articlenews.aspx?type=UKNews1&storyID=2006-12-07T174237Z_01_L07850262_RTRUKOC_0_UK-BRITAIN-POISONING-KOVTUN.xml&WTmodLoc=HP-C1-TopStories-2 --- Dmitry Kovtun, a contact of dead Russian ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko, is in critical condition in hospital from radiation poisoning, Interfax news agency quoted an unnamed source as saying on Thursday. "Doctors have classified Kovtun's condition as critical," Interfax quoted its source as saying. Kovtun met...Read Full Story