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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ex-KGB Officer Claims Poisoning

British police are investigating claims by former KGB officer Oleg Gordievsky that he was poisoned in an attempt on his life.

Gordievsky, who defected to Britain in 1985, believes he was poisoned by another former Russian intelligence agent on Nov. 2, weeks after Queen Elizabeth II decorated him for his services to Britain's security, Britain's Mail on Sunday newspaper reported.

Gordievsky said he was next on a hit list following the November 2006 poisoning of former agent Alexander Litvinenko. "I've known for some time that I am on the assassination list drawn up by rogue elements in Moscow," he said.

Gordievsky said he fell ill after being visited by the Russian at his safe-house in Surrey, southwest of London. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where he lay unconscious and "close to death" for 34 hours, the report said.

Surrey police confirmed that they were investigating Gordievsky's claims, the BBC reported.