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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Litvinenko Poisoning Left Behind $6M Trail

LONDON -- The radioactive poisoning of former Federal Security Service officer Alexander Litvinenko resulted in a trail of contamination across London that left police and health officials with a bill of more than $6 million, officials said Friday.

Radiation was found at sites ranging from a taxi cab to a lap dance club after Litvinenko's death, a report released by Westminster City Council said.

Litvinenko, a Kremlin critic who received asylum in Britain, died Nov. 23, three weeks after he was poisoned with the isotope polonium-210.

The council, whose authority covers much of central London, was responsible for dealing with the public health consequences of the killing.

Officials checked more than 1,000 people and 47 sites for contamination after Litvinenko's death. Traces of radiation were found at 27 sites, including a taxi, a Moroccan restaurant and eight airplanes, the council said.

The report identifies four previously unreported contamination sites, including seats and cushions at Hey Jo, a central London "gentleman's nightclub" popular with Russian businessmen.

Traces also were discovered on the handle of a shisha pipe at the Dar Marrakesh restaurant in the Soho entertainment district, in a Mercedes taxi and in Litvinenko's own Mercedes car.

Westminster Council said its report, which looks at how public health officials should handle any future cases of radioactive contamination, will be sent to the police and government departments.

The council said it spent $500,000 cleaning up contaminated sites, while the Health Protection Agency spent $4 million checking people and places for radiation. The police investigation cost another $2 million.

His death sparked a crisis in British-Russian relations, with Britain naming Andrei Lugovoi, a businessman and former security services officer, a suspect and demanding his extradition. Russia refused, saying its constitution bars it from extraditing a Russian citizen.