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Prime suspect in Litvinenko case to run for Russian parliament(OJ Simpson of Russia enter politics)
Earth Times ^ | 09/16/07

Posted on 09/16/2007 8:57:50 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

Prime suspect in Litvinenko case to run for Russian parliament

Posted on : 2007-09-16 | Author : DPA

News Category : Europe

Moscow - Andrei Lugovi, the prime suspect in the murder case of Kremlin opponent Alexander Litvinenko, is to run for Russian parliament (Duma) as number 2 on the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) list, Duma Deputy Speaker Vladimir Zhirinovsky announced Sunday. According to the Interfax news agency, Lugovoi agreed to run in the election with the LDPR, led by the nationalist Zhirinovsky.

Former Russian secret service agent Lugovoi is accused by Britain's Scotland Yard of administering a lethal dose of polonium to Litvinenko at a meeting in a London restaurant. Litvinenko later died of polonium poisoning on November 23, 2006. Lugovoi denies involvement.

Zhirinovsky has called the accusations against Lugovoi a targeted campaign by the West against Russian citizens.

Lugovoi's candidacy is to be confirmed at a LDPR party gathering on Monday.

Speaking to the Russian radio broadcaster Echo Moskvy, Lugovoi said he would elaborate on his political ambitions after the LDPR made its decision.

The Zhirinovsky-led LDPR is considered assured of passing the 7 per cent electoral hurdle to enter the Duma.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: duma; litvinenko; lugovoi; polonium; russia; tlr

1 posted on 09/16/2007 8:57:53 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Gee, all the reports I’ve heard about Lugovoi have been, er, glowing.

2 posted on 09/16/2007 9:07:02 PM PDT by Roy Tucker ("You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality"--Ayn Rand)
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