Sparring in Litvinenko inquiry
MOSCOW (Reuters) — Russian prosecutors
investigating the poisoning in Britain of former Russia Federal
Security Service agent Alexander Litvinenko have accused British officials of
failing to cooperate.
Britain is investigating
Litvinenko's death, but Russia has launched a parallel criminal inquiry
and has asked for clearance to interview dozens of people in London, including Russian emigres wanted for trial in
Deputy Prosecutor General
Alexander Zvyagintsev said requests for British cooperation had been slowed down
by officials from Scotland Yard, the Crown Prosecution Service and the Home
Office. "Unfortunately, too much time is being taken up with technical and
procedural questions, and I hope they can be resolved faster," Zvyagintsev said
in an interview with Izvestia.
Russia sent a group of detectives
earlier this year and another team could soon go again, he
But Zvaygintsev said
Russia had not been given the
same level of cooperation as British detectives received when they traveled to
year. "When last year the English asked us to let them come here we did not
insist on the observation of some of the formalities ... Do we not have the
right to expect similar cooperation?" he said.