Andrew Allison

Alexander Litvinenko

In John Wilkes, Putin on December 5, 2006 at 11:14 pm

The Russian government have flatly refused to extradite anyone the British authorities want in connection to the murder of Alexander Litvinenko. Yet we will happily consider any Russian requests for extradition. Have a look at John Wilkes’ blog. He, as always, will tell you more.

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  1. Yes, but you missed out the bit where the Russian have said they will prosecute anyone they think is responsible themselves. This is the reverse of the problem suffered by the Natwest 3, who asked to be prosecuted in the UK, but the DPP was not interested, as this would have allowed them to resist extradiction. And it is also wrong to say we extradict everyone the Russians want – we keep giving their people asylum for a start…

  2. Yes, the Russians have said they will prosecute anyone they think is responsible themselves, but I don’t believe it when you look at the Kremlin’s record. There are twenty-one unsolved murders of journalists who have been critical of Putin.

    I did not say we would extradite everyone the Russians want. I said we will happily consider any Russian requests for extradition. The two are completely different.

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