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Friends and family bury murdered spy.

The funeral of the poisoned Russian former spy Alexander Litvinenko was held at Highgate Cemetery in north London yesterday.

Mr Litvinenko's wife Marina and their 12-year-old son Anatoly were among the 50 mourners at the non-denominational service. His father Valter, mother Nina Belyavskaya and first wife Natalia were also in attendance.

Many of Mr Litvinenko's closest friends also attended the service, including Alex Goldfarb, the exiled Russian billionaire Boris Berezovsky, the filmmaker Andrei Nekrasov and the Chechen dissident Akhmed Zakayev.

Earlier, friends and family of Mr Litvinenko said prayers for him at a London mosque.

His father, who said recently that his son had converted to Islam, was among mourners who attended the Central London mosque in Regent's Park.

Chechen separatist Akhmed Zakayev, who was a friend of Mr Litvinenko, was also there.

Scotland Yard detectives investigating Mr Litvinenko's murder were continuing their inquiries in Moscow yesterday.

On Wednesday it emerged traces of radiation had been found at the British embassy in Moscow. The Foreign Office said a team of specialists from the UK Decontamination Service had found low traces of radiation, but concluded there was no risk to public health and that the embassy was functioning as normal.

The investigation into the death of Mr Litvinenko, who died after ingesting a large dose of the radioactive substance polonium-210, is being treated as murder.

All seven staff who were working at an hotel bar on the day former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko visited it have been tested positive for low levels of the radioactive substance that killed him, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) said.

Prof Pat Troop, chief executive of the agency, said there were no short-term risks, but there was a "very small" increased long-term risk of cancer.


Pall bearers with the coffin of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko at Highgate Cemetery in north London' Walter Litvinenko (centre) father of Alexander Litvinenko arrives for prayers at Central London Mosque
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Date:Dec 8, 2006
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