Litvinenko suspect to run for election as ultra-nationalist

Andrei Lugovoi, the former Russian agent wanted by Britain over the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, is running for election as an ultra-nationalist candidate, the party's leader said.

 Litvinenko suspect to run for election as ultra-nationalist

Andrei Lugovoi, the former Russian agent wanted by Britain over the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, is running for election as an ultra-nationalist candidate, the party's leader said.

Lugovoi declined to comment ahead of the ultra-nationalist LDPR party's congress on Monday but told Moscow Echo radio he deeply respected the party and its firebrand leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky.

"I head the list (for the December 2 parliamentary elections), the fraction's leader will be third ... Our second will be Andrei Lugovoi -- he has suffered, been targeted by British special services," Zhirinovsky was quoted by online Gazeta.ru newspaper as saying.

London has demanded the extradition of Lugovoi over the radiation poisoning of outspoken Kremlin critic Litvinenko last November, a request rejected by Moscow. The case has provoked a sharp cooling in Anglo-Russian relations.

AFP

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