The public inquiry investigating the death of the former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko begins today. A procedural hearing is underway at The Royal Courts Of Justice, with the first full hearing scheduled to begin on January 27th. Mr Litvinenko died in 2006 after he was poisoned with radioactive polonium. The investigation examining the circumstances of Mr Litvinenko’s death was set up by Home Secretary Theresa May in July last year. She said in her statement that she hoped the inquiry ‘would be of some comfort to Mrs Litvinenko.’ Embed from Getty Images Marina Litvinenko (pictured), the deceased’s wife, has been pushing for the facts be in the open. She’s accused the Russian state of involvement in her husband’s death. The Inquiry will be chaired by Sir Robert Owen, a former High Court judge. He was the Assistant Coroner responsible for the inquest that had been looking into the death of Alexander Litvinenko since 7 August 2012. Embed from Getty Images Alexander Litvinenko, pictured in 2006.