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Dmitry Kovtun, pictured in late November (epa) December 13, 2006 -- Urine samples have confirmed that a family visited by a contact of Aleksandr Litvinenko, the poisoned former Russian state security officer, have not been contaminated with radiation.


The family was tested for radiation after traces of polonium-210 were found at their home in Hamburg.


Dmitry Kovtun, a contact of Litvinenko, had visited the house in November.


Kovtun himself is said to show symptoms of radioactive poisoning.


(AP)

Aleksandr Litvinenko: A Timeline



CLOAK AND DAGGER: A timeline of a murder case that unraveled after Andrei Litvinenko, a former Russian security officer and vocal Kremlin critic, dies on November 23, 2006, of poisoning by radioactive isotope polonium-210.

In a deathbed letter, Litvinenko blames Russian President Vladimir Putin for his death -- a claim Putin condemns.

Investigators center on two meetings in London that Litvinenko had described -- one in which he met with two Russians for tea in London, and another in which he met with a third Russian at a sushi bar.

Six months later, British prosecutors announce they have enough evidence to charge a Russian citizen -- one of the men who had met with Litvinenko for tea -- with the murder ...more...

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