Russian TV series to be advised by murder suspect

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MOSCOW —

A Russian production company has hired a man charged with the murder of a Russian agent as a consultant on a TV series about the mysterious death.

Former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko died in London in 2006 after drinking tea laced with radioactive polonium-210. Britain identified the two Russian men who had met Litvinenko for tea as prime suspects and charged one of them, Andrei Lugovoi, with murder. However Moscow refused to extradite him.

The studio, Central Partnership, said in a statement Tuesday that Lugovoi has been hired to share his memories of the meeting and consult the screenwriter and the director of the miniseries.

An inquest into Litvinenko’s death stalled over authorities’ reluctance to disclose secret intelligence evidence. But in July Britain announced a public inquiry into the death.