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Alexander Litvinenko had come to Chechnya to kill the witnesses of Boris Berezovsky's ties with international terrorist Shamil Basayev
Former Federal Security Service officer Alexander Litvinenko who died in London of polonium-210 poisoning last year, had come to Chechnya to kill the witnesses of Boris Berezovsky's ties with international terrorist Shamil Basayev, Russia's Deputy Interior Minister Arkady Yedelev told reporters here on Friday. "We have reliable information about Litvinenko's stay in Chechnya, which he entered through Georgia. He came to remove traces of Berezovsky's funding illegal paramilitary groups and Basayev's contacts," Yedelev said, adding that the former FSB officer did it on Berezovsky's instruction. According to the police official, the Prosecutor General's Office and the Federal Security Service, while investigating the criminal cases over the attack on Dagestan and terrorist attacks in Volgodonsk, Moscow, Buinaksk and the Stavropol territory, obtained evidence of Berezovsky's funding Basayev's gangs. "Witnesses have been identified, who directly testified that several million roubles passed by Berezovsky to Basayev for remodeling a plant, never came to the plant, but were spent on weapons. Litvinenko then came to remove the witnesses but failed," Yedelev underlined. At a news conference on Thursday, Russian businessman Andrei Lugovoi, whom Britain accuses of involvement in the murder of Litvinenko, made startling revelations, claiming that the case against him was doctored and that British secret agents sought compromising information on President Vladimir Putin and his family. "I'm ready to make a statement that must shed light on this dark political story /the murder of Litvinenko/," Lugovoi said, "British secret services and their agents - Berezovsky and late Litvinenko - played the main role in it." The Russian Prosecutor General's Office said it was ready to examine the materials against Lugovoi, but warned that his extradition to Britain was out of the question. Alexander Litvinenko died in London on November 23, 2006. Scotland Yard experts said he had died of polonium-210 poisoning. Traces of this rare radioactive element were found at the Millennium Hotel where Litvinenko met with Russian business people Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun on November 1. Polonium traces were found in other places, including on two British Airways aircraft and the British Embassy in Moscow. On Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Britain was politicizing the Litvinenko case. "We see, instead of professional investigation, the attempt to turn a criminal case into a political campaign. It should be handled by law-enforcement bodies," Lavrov underlined.
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