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UK And Russia – Different Legal Systems?

Posted by Info on 14/09/2011

British Prime Minister David Cameron was in Moscow for the first visit to Russia’s capital by a British leader in six years, meeting with President Dmitry Medvedev.
Relations between Britain and Russia soured over the 2006 death of dissident ex-Russian security agent Alexander Litvinenko in London. Litvinenko made a deathbed statement accusing Putin of authorizing his killing.
Russia has refused repeated British requests for the extradition of the chief suspect in the case, ex-KGB agent Andrei Lugovoi, who denies any involvement.

Medvedev warned Cameron there would be no change in Moscow’s refusal to hand over Lugovoi, and dismissed British claims that corruption within Russia’s legal system was discouraging foreign businesses from investing in the country.

“This will never happen, no matter what the circumstances,” Medvedev said on Britain’s hopes of putting Lugovoi on trial in the U.K. “We all have to learn to respect our legal frameworks.”

Cameron said “the accused has a right to a fair trial. The victim and their family have a right to justice.” and that” intelligence cooperation between Britain and Russia would remain suspended as a result of Litvinenko’s killing.”
Dissident’s widow was deeply disappointed that Cameron had decided to meet with Putin. It is inconsistent to demand Lugovoi and at the same time shake hands with the man who has sent him on his mission in the first place.”

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