The fight for justice continues in Episode 4 of Litvinenko, as the police prepare to hand over the evidence – collected over 20,000 man-hours – to the Crown Prosecution Service. They agreed to proceed with examining the evidence and possibly indicting the Russians.
Litvinenko Season 1 Episode No 4 Review And Recap
Litvinenko’s benefactor Boris meets Marina and Anatoly at his house. He assures Marina that he will take care of them financially and also that he will continue to support the bid for justice. But he says he needs to get a lawyer and “make noise” despite the CPS laying charges and making an extradition request. They cannot wait and must keep the issue alive and relevant in the public eye.
Brent gets word from Clive that the CPS has agreed to the extradition request, and Brent tells him that he wants to meet Marina “at her lawyer’s place.” Louise Christian is a human rights lawyer and Marina’s lawyer. He believes a public inquiry will give them a better chance to prove Russia’s guilt, although the police are not happy about it. Brent calms the situation down and suggests they wait and watch. The fear is that extradition will not be granted and the case will be left in the dust for a long time.
Putin gives an interview on TV and indirectly hints that the above will happen. Marina thanks Brent for his dedication to the case, but admits that his police work is over. The next day, Louise takes Marina to Ben Emmerson, the influential lawyer who will take her case. But Marina is surprised to see the story that Ben will press in court. He wants to “lay it at Vladimir Putin’s door” and make not only Kovtun and Loguvoy, but also the Russian state, guilty of the crime.
Now, Emmerson and Marina will attempt to take their case to a judge to allow a public inquiry into the matter. That way, journalists and the media can step in and continue the fight for justice. One day, when Boris’s security guard returns from shopping, he learns that the oligarch has hanged himself. Emmerson is very positive about securing the investigation and assures Marina that it won’t take long. Marina is confused and heartbroken to learn about Boris.
More to the point, this means he may no longer have the resources to fight the case. Brent and his wife take a personal hit when they find out they can’t have children. Because the request was denied, the lawsuit is withdrawn. Emmerson still believes it’s a cover-up by the Russian government, and now the British government is pointing to a photo of Putin with former British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Goldfarb informs Marina that they can no longer pay Emmerson. Goldfarb asks him to continue, but says they should think of another way. Anatoly intervenes emotionally. The next day, Emmerson says they continue on regardless.
Marina writes a personal letter addressed directly to Putin. On 11 February 2014, Emmerson received an invitation from a television network to broadcast Marina’s appeal to approach Theresa May directly. Will public pressure work? On July 17, news about the downing of a Malaysian airliner by Russia spread in Ukraine. This was a political event that Marina wanted to happen in order to increase pressure on Russia and win the British government over to her side.
He has dinner at Brent’s house and thanks him again for everything he’s done. An inquest is held and the trial begins again. Marina and Brent testify in front of everyone. Clive and Tubs also corroborate their evidence in great detail. Emmerson, along with Kovtun and Luguvoi, asks him to hand over his report, taking into account the completely objective evidence implicating Russia’s guilt. All they can do now is wait. The episode ends with an account of the work from then until now.
Theresa May announced the contents of the report in a speech in the House of Commons. Putin’s name is given by May in the House of Representatives.
To ask for Marina’s blessing, they decided to name him Sasha. Kovtun and Luguvoi still deny any relationship. The first died in 2022 in Russia. The Russian government denied the report and called it “biased”. In 2021, the ECtHR ruled in favor of Sasha against Russia.
Call it what you will, but the finale was a pretty boring affair. After a quick minute or two of awe-inspiring police work, this final episode seemed strictly documentary and didn’t evoke the emotions that a proper dramatization should.
The main goal here seemed to be to tell Litvinenko’s story truthfully and to indict the Russian state, as well as the British government, for having been damned. But the same was done without any flavor. The sound was certainly dialed down completely for the finale, which was somewhat unexpected. More thoughts in the full season preview soon.