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Lugovoi Demands Access to U.K. Murder Inquiry, Interfax Says

Oct. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Ex-KGB bodyguard Andrei Lugovoi, who is wanted for the 2006 murder of dissident Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko in London, has demanded access to details of the criminal case against him, Interfax reported.

Lawyers for Lugovoi, who attended preliminary hearings in London into the murder as part of an inquiry ordered by a U.K. coroner, have requested all the information from the investigation, the news service cited Lugovoi as saying today.

The radiation-poisoning murder of Litvinenko, a Kremlin critic and ex-KGB agent who fled Russia for the U.K., drove ties between Russia and Britain to a post-Cold War low.

Russia refused to hand over Lugovoi because its constitution forbids the extradition of citizens. The dispute sparked a tit-for-tat expulsion of diplomats, while Russia closed U.K. cultural offices outside Moscow. The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office declined comment when contacted today by Bloomberg News. Lugovoi, now a lawmaker in the Russian parliament, denies any role in the killing.

To contact the reporter on this story: Henry Meyer in Moscow at hmeyer4@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at bpenz@bloomberg.net

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