Enken etter Alexander Litvinenko forteller hvordan det var da han ble forgiftet. De hadde rømt fra Russland for å leve i et fritt land. Sasha (Alexander) pleide alltid si at de var trygge i Storbritannia og langsomt hadde livet blitt normalt igjen.
It was only when her husband was close to death that Marina finally realised the enormity of what had happened. «Finally I can see that he was a target,» she said
«In Russia it doesn’t matter how many people are killed. I’d like to believe [the] life [of] only one person can still be very important in England.»
She declined to say whether she thought the Russian authorities or Putin were behind her husband’s killing. But she added that her husband’s public claims about his former employers at the FSB had alienated them.
«Sasha never had enemies in his life but because he was a former FSB officer and knew, just like me, that you never can escape from the FSB and he was starting to speak openly about crime . . . I can’t say [it was] he was starting to speak openly about crime . . .
«I can’t say [it was] these people but I’m absolutely sure they didn’t forgive him for what he did.»
November 1, the day he was poisoned, was a special day for both of them: the sixth anniversary of their escape from Russia, where Litvinenko had fallen foul of his political masters after coming to believe that corruption permeated the FSB security service and the upper levels of government.
They had made a new life in north London where Sasha — and, by extension, Marina and Anatoly — felt safe. «Sasha told me, ‘In Russia people can do what they like. In England it’s rules, it’s law’.»