FILE - This is a Friday, May 10, 2002 file photo of Alexander Litvinenko, Kremlin critic and author of the book "Blowing Up Russia: Terror From Within", photographed at his home in London . The ... more 
FILE - This is a Friday, May 10, 2002 file photo of Alexander Litvinenko, Kremlin critic and author of the book "Blowing Up Russia: Terror From Within", photographed at his home in London . The coroner examining the poisoning death of ex-KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko says the question of whether the Russian state was responsible will be withdrawn from the scope of the inquiry. In a ruling Thursday Dec. 19, 2013, Robert Owen also says he will not examine whether Britain was aware of any risks to Litvinenko's life and failed to take reasonable steps to protect him before he died after drinking tea laced with the radioactive isotope polonium-210. (AP Photo/Alistair Fuller, File) less 
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