Officers from Scotland Yard were supposed to have met businessman Andrei Lugovoi
yesterday but there were reports last night that it had been postponed until either today or tomorrow.
Inquiry chairman Sir Robert Owen found Russian agents Andrei Lugovoi
and Dmitry Kovtun carried out the killing, and the trail led back to the top.
Litvinenko was killed while in London in November 2006 allegedly by Russian agents Andrei Lugovoi
and Dmitry Kovtun, having drank a cup of tea poisoned with radioactive polonium-210.
Police identified Alexander Lugovoi
, a former KGB bodyguard as the prime suspect.
Liberal Democratic Party chief Vladimir Zhirinovsky said former KGB officer Andrei Lugovoi
would be No2 on the party's list in December's parliamentary elections.
Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika's office said its refusal to turn over Andrei Lugovoi
was based partly on a constitutional prohibition against turning Russian citizens over to foreign countries.
After its less than glorious conduct towards the unthreatening islanders, the government gained a few points by ignoring Russian pressure to drop the case against Andrei Lugovoi
It is alleged that his tea had been laced with the highly poisonous substance when he met two former Russian colleagues, Andrei Lugovoi
and Dmitry Kovtun, at the Milennium Hotel in Mayfair.
Britain has sought the extradition of Andrei Lugovoi
, a former security service operative, for trial in last year's killing of Litvinenko, a dissident former security agent in London.
In June, Russia rejected a British request for the extradition of chief murder suspect Andrei Lugovoi
Former KGB agent Andrei Lugovoi
was supposed to have spoken to British officers this week, but the meeting has been postponed several times.
At the very least, the two chief suspects, Lugovoi
and Kovtun, and the former secret service chief, Nikolai Patrushev, should have their assets frozen in the UK and be banned from going there.