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Moscow Says Yukos Officials Tied To Litvinenko Murder

Leonid Nevzlin (file photo) (AFP) December 27, 2006 -- Russia's Prosecutor-General's Office today posted information on its website saying it is investigating links between former Yukos officials -- including former manager Leonid Nevzlin -- and the murder of former Russian security agent Aleksandr Litvinenko.

The Prosecutor-General's Office said evidence indicates some connection between former Yukos officials, including Nevzlin, and "crimes against the lives and health of [Russian] citizens."

Nevzlin was a senior official at Yukos. Former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky at one time gave Nevzlin a controlling 60-percent stake in the embattled oil company.

Yukos has since been driven into bankruptcy by huge back-tax claims and Khodorkovsky is in prison on tax-evasion and fraud convictions. Nevzlin fled the country and is now an Israeli citizen.

Russia is seeking to have Nevzlin extradited to answer charges. Nevzlin was briefly detained by U.S. customs officials on December 24, but was released due to the absence of a Russian-U.S bilateral extradition agreement.

(Interfax, ITAR-TASS, Reuters, AP)

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Demonstrators in Moscow carry a coffin with a television in it to protest government control over broadcasting (TASS file photo)

DO RUSSIANS LIKE THEIR GOVERNMENT? During a briefing at RFE/RL's Washington office on November 15, Richard Rose, director of the Center for the Study of Public Policy at the University of Aberdeen, discussed the results of 14 surveys he has conducted since 1992 on Russian public opinion about democracy and the country's development. He discussed the implications of these opinions for relations with the West and for Russia's 2008 presidential election.


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