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PRESS RELEASES

03.02.2015

PUBLIC INQUIRY ON “LITVINENKO CASE”

    Over the past several weeks since the start of the public inquiry on the “Litvinenko case” the UK media has been paying much attention to this issue. That is understandable. The journalists are (and should be!) trying to find out the truth. However, the volume of information they possess is obviously insufficient to make any conclusions. Especially so that some of the facts are being deliberately concealed by the British officials (there were reports that Mr Litvinenko was a SIS agent, which obviously explains a lot). As usual, given lack of credible information, newspapers circulate rumors on Russia’s alleged connection to this death.

    Russia’s media tries to carry out its own investigation as well – see http://uk.sputniknews.com/opinion/20150128/1013394849.html

    As it is impossible to comment every single article on the case or give answer to all of the emerging publications, we place a material on the position of the Investigative Committee and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. So you can make your own conclusions on the inquiry. It reads:

   The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation has already notified the British side about its refusal to take part in the new stage of the current investigation of the death of Alexander Litvinenko.

  Since December 2012, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation has taken an active part in the process and voluntarily assisted a British coroner who was appointed to investigate this case. The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation shared materials from its own investigation with the British police and secret services and expected to take part in the investigation in London until the end.

   Nevertheless, on 31 July 2014, Her Majesty’s Government announced its decision to launch a “public investigation” of Litvinenko’s death. In reality, this means that the relevant materials, referred to as “classified” by British authorities, will be examined during secret hearings in London. Neither the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, nor the public at large will be able to access these materials.

   In this connection, we are forced to state that the new “public investigation” in London will by no means be “public.” Regardless of any evidence that the British authorities may possess, it is already obvious that Her Majesty’s Government will not allow the investigation to become the subject of an open and fair trial involving Russian investigators. It is hard to imagine how this inquest will be objective.

   We deplore the fact that, after already travelling this road, British authorities have now either proved unable or do not want to conduct a genuinely open, transparent and unbiased investigation of this case.

   We’d like to add to that that the British special services’ obsession with secrecy proves that there is something to hide. At least, it is tacitly admitted that the secret materials wouldn’t stand scrutiny in an open court of law. Given all the hype and the damage done to our bilateral relationship, the Russian Government is most interested to have the truth established in the death of its citizen on the British soil.

   As to the doubts, it is worth mentioning that the Coroner’s inquest into the Berezovsky case resulted in an open verdict, thus proving unable to explain the death of another Russian citizen on the British soil.




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