“I consider that this decision to be political” – Lugovoi

The BBC’s world affairs correspondent predicts tense times ahead, or as the CiF post by Richard Norton-Taylor puts it “The Big Chill”, after the director of public prosecutions, Sir Ken McDonald, recommended that a former KGB officer, Andrei Lugovoi, should be charged with the murder of ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko and that the prosecution was “clearly in the public interest” And with the current Prime Minister’s spokesman looking for co-operation from Russia.. and the Foreign Office, apparently, meeting with the Russian ambassador.. the Russian General Prosecutor’s Office is pointing to article 61 of Russia’s constitution and an exemption from the European convention on extradition

“A Russian citizen cannot be sent beyond the borders of the Russian Federation or given to another state”.

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  • heck

    Just wait for the orgy of self righteousness from British journalistic whores over this.

    Of course the killing of Litvinenko was wrong (evil) but we are going to see the same hacks who ignored the murder of Pat Finucane by British spies suddenly masturbate themselves in an orgy of outrage.

    And before someone accuses me of “whataboutery” this is about the hypocrisy of the British establishment. One could not make up the fact the butcher of Fullujah, Honest Tony, after being responsible for hundreds of thousands (if not millions if one includes the sanctions), will not talk to Hammas “until they renounce violence”.

    The only thing worse are the journalists and commentators who play along. Watch them do it again.

  • Ziznivy

    If the “opposition” the West so readily trumpet were anything other than a criminal cartel of spurned oligarchs, perhaps there might be more moral force to their arguments. Instead we have an elite of robber businessmen such as Lebedev and Berezovsky lining up against an elite of ex-servicemen.

  • lib2016

    With British ‘justice’ smelling ever more rancid this is hardly the time for playacting. Even Bertie in his Westminster speech mentioned the promised inquiries into what went on here during Britain’s dirty war.

    It might impress the Dily Mail readers but there are a lot of very disenchanted voters in Britain. The most right wing regime in Western Europe striking poses as the ‘defender of the liberal democracies’ is not an edifying sight.

  • Gerry Kelly

    BUt will it damage the peace process? Were farc narco dollars behind it? Will the ex KGB guy be treated like a hero when he gets out like the killers of Jerry McCabe are by Mary Lou and SF’s other kneeling squaws?

  • Ziznivy

    Back to NI again. Yawn.

  • dodrade

    Simply a disgrace. Obviously the Russians never thought they’d be found out, or that they’d be traced so easily.

    I only hope Lugovy takes a Vanunnu like trip out of the country.

  • Since posters on this thread don’t have a clue about what happened to Litvinenko, and why his assassination is important, I am supplying these links:

    http://cryptome.org/litvinenko-kill.htm

    http://cryptome.org/mi6-litvinenko.htm

    http://cryptome.org/spin-doc.htm

  • not a trowbridge reader

    Trowbridge thanks for linking us up to your work, and for your point of view,nothing like blowing your own trumpet.
    I think what this guy is doing is using the intelligence services as an excuse, he’s as guilty as hell. His only way out is to blame his accusors, altho the British police saying its not an intelligence matter could maybe see his extradition. If they have proof beyond a reasonable doubt, and can keep the intelligences services out of it. No one should be above the law.

  • Thanks for your post, natr. My own trumpet is the only one I have, and despite your denial, you certainly seem to be atr.

    Lugovoi could well be telling the truth about his being set up British intelligence, as he never would have knowingly carried around pollonium-210. He could easily have been sprinkled with the smallest amount, and visited with Litvinenko at the Millenium while the poison was being put in the tea behind the scenes.

    And if he did it, why didn’t he immediately defect, and turn state’s evidence against Putin, claiming that the Russian President had really tried to kill me but he turned down the tea? The CPS would have been willing to accept anything he had to say under these circumstances. He was only reluctantly accepted as the suspect by British authorities because he refused to behave so.

    Keep reading.