Lugovoi Running For Parliament, Eyes Presidency
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Lugovoi spoke at a congress of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) (ITAR-TASS)
MOSCOW, September 17, 2007 -- Andrei Lugovoi, the ex-KGB agent wanted by the Britain on suspicion of killing fellow former agent Aleksandr Litvinenko, says he would like to become president of Russia.
At a congress of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, headed by ultra-nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Lugovoi today said he will run for parliament on the party's list in the December 2 vote. When asked if he had other political aspirations, he said he would someday like to become president.
British prosecutors want to extradite Lugovoi to face trial for the poisoning of Litvinenko in London last year. Russia has refused, saying that its constitution bars Lugovoi's extradition.
A seat in parliament would guarantee Lugovoi legal immunity.
Lugovoi told reporters that the events surrounding Litvinenko's death pushed him to enter politics,. He called the charges against him "a vile provocation," and accused the British government of politicizing the investigation.
(Reuters, AFP, AP)