Polonium And The Piano Player: A new podcast about one of the world’s most notorious assassinations

A London-based former KGB agent goes deep into the mindset of the undercover Russian spies who released a miniature nuclear weapon in London, in the latest episode of a Sky News podcast. 

Polonium and the Piano Player explores the 2006 assassination of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned with the radioactive chemical polonium-210 in Mayfair’s Millennium Hotel.

Not only did the attack fatally poison Litvinenko, but it also sucked the hotel’s piano player, Derek Conlon, into a world of espionage and murder.

Mr Conlon’s untold story is the focus of the four-part weekly series from the multi-award-winning StoryCast team.

In the latest instalment, the former KGB agent – whose identity is revealed in Episode 2: The Poisoning – details the training and cultural influences that helped bring about the assassination of Alexander Litvinenko and transformed the life of Derek Conlon.

Litvinenko was slipped the nuclear poison in his green tea at the hotel’s piano bar – and it was here that the two men’s lives collided with devastating consequences.

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