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Russia: Assassinations

Volume 687: debated on Thursday 30 November 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What assessment they have made of the implications which the assassination of Anna Politkovskaya and the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko may have for future co-operation between Russian and United Kingdom security services. [HL331]

The Government were saddened to hear of the recent deaths of Anna Politkovskaya and Alexander Litvinenko. Our thoughts are with their families, friends and colleagues at this time. The Russian Procuracy General has opened an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Ms Politkovskaya’s murder and the Metropolitan Police are currently investigating the unexplained death of Mr Litvinenko. We await the outcomes of these investigations.