U.K. Demands that Russia Extradite Former KGB Agent in Litvinenko Murder Case

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Sunday, July 1, 2007
Bruce Zagaris

On May 22, 2007, U.K. prosecutors demanded that the Russian government extradite former KGB agent Andrei Lugovoy to stand trial for murder.  Lugovoy is sought in connection with the November 1, 2007 radiation poisoning murder of Alexander Litvinenko, a former KGB agent and vocal critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin.  Prosecutors believe that Lugovoy poisoned Litvinenko while the two met for tea at London’s Millennium Hotel.1  Lugovoy has denied any role in Litvinenko’s death, stating the decision to charge him was political.  He expressed his distrust of evidence collected by British investigations.2

                1              Mary Jordan and Peter Finn, Britain Seeks Extradition of Ex-KGB Agent, Wash. Post, May 23, 2007.

                2              Cowell and Myers, supra.