Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russian Dissident In Britain Cut Lecture by Russia’s Foreign Minister

Posted by Info on 16/02/2011

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was speaking at the London School of Economics when dissident Andrei Sidelnikov asked about the murder of a Kremlin critic in London five years ago.
“We would like to send gifts to different Russian people in politics. We would like to send English tea …. without polonium-210 to Mr. Lugovoy.

Russia refuses to extradite Andrei Lugovoy, whom Britain wants to prosecute for the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian state security officer who died in London in 2006 from poisoning by radioactive polonium-210.

An agitated Lavrov jabbed his finger at Sidelnikov, saying he would “guarantee” the gifts would reach their destination.

During their brief exchange, interrupted by laughter from the audience, Sidelnikov also called for the release of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and wanted to send a copy of the constitution to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, saying he wanted to remind him of its contents.

The UK government has angered Russia by giving political asylum to prominent Kremlin foes. Sidelnikov is himself a well known dissident, who met Litvinenko shortly before he died.

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