Ex-spy’s widow to speak at lunch in Lancashire

Marina Litvinenko, the wife of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, speaks to the media outside the Royal Courts of Justice, London, where the findings of the inquiry into his death were revealed. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday January 21, 2016. Mr Litvinenko, a former KGB agent who left Russia and claimed asylum in the UK in 2000, died in November 2006 aged 43 after drinking tea laced with radioactive polonium in a London hotel. See PA story INQUIRY Litvinenko. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Marina Litvinenko, the wife of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, speaks to the media outside the Royal Courts of Justice, London, where the findings of the inquiry into his death were revealed. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday January 21, 2016. Mr Litvinenko, a former KGB agent who left Russia and claimed asylum in the UK in 2000, died in November 2006 aged 43 after drinking tea laced with radioactive polonium in a London hotel. See PA story INQUIRY Litvinenko. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

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Marina Litvinenko will be the special guest when the North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce stages its forthcoming Women in Business lunch.

Mrs Litvinenko is the widow of Alex Litvinenko, the former Russian FSB secret service officer who died in mysterious circumstances in November 2006.

Having pursued a vigorous campaign to establish the truth behind her late husband’s death, she won the right to a public inquiry in 2014.

That period could not have been more different to the life she left behind in Russia as a ballroom dancer and, by her own description, someone who wasn’t a political animal at all.

Now in business in her own right, Mrs Litvinenko will give fascinating insights into how women’s strength can help them succeed, whatever the challenge.

“Mrs Litvinenko’s presence is a real coup for the event given her amazing life story,” said Babs Murphy, the Chamber’s Chief Executive.

“She is someone who is a real role model for the commitment and patience she has shown in facing what seemed to be insurmountable odds.

“I’m sure the people who attend will find what she has to say both interesting and informative.

“It promises to be a fascinating day.”

The lunch will be held at the Best Western Hotel, Leyland Way, Preston, on Wednesday May 11.

Mrs Litvinenko will be joined by Terry King OBE, the Operations Director at Chapter 3, Emma Long, the Sales and Marketing Director of Bizspace Ltd, and Pauline Rigby, Forbes Solicitors’ Head of Corporate and 
Restructuring.

The event will begin with tea, coffee and biscuits on arrival from 9.15am for a 9.30am start.