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Litvinenko murder: UK police trying to investigate in Russia.

British police investigators from Scotland Yard have been in Russia attempting to interview witnesses and suspects in the case of Alexander Litvinenko, who died in a British hospital on November 23 from radiation poisoning caused by polonium 210. Before dying, Litvinenko, a former officer in the Russian FSB (successor to the Soviet KGB), charged Putin with responsibility for ordering his assassination by poisoning.

On December 6, British investigators met in Moscow with Dmitry Kovtun, one of two Russians who met with Litvinenko in a London hotel on November 1, when he was poisoned. The other man, Andrei Lugovoi, a "former" KGB agent, and a prime suspect in the case, reportedly is also being treated for radiation poisoning in a Moscow hospital. Russia denies that it had anything to do with the assassination, and Putin has pledged Russia's full cooperation in the investigation. However, Russia has already stated it will not extradite any of the suspects and, according to a Reuters dispatch from Moscow on December 6, the British investigators were "virtually relegated to the role of observers by Russia's chief prosecutor Yuri Chaika who has publicly insisted Russian authorities will direct interviews on Russian soil."
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Title Annotation:Inside Track
Publication:The New American
Date:Dec 25, 2006
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