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Russia's FSB Opens Probe Into Alleged MI6 Activity

The Moscow headquarters of Russia's Federal Security Service (ITAR-TASS) MOSCOW, July 7, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has opened a criminal investigation into allegations that Britain's foreign intelligence service, MI6, recruited a Russian man for spying, RFE/RL's Russian Service reported.

The FSB is looking into accusations that MI6 tried to recruit former Russian tax police official Vyacheslav Zharko between 2003 and 2007.

Meanwhile, "Komsomolskaya pravda" is carrying an interview with Zharko today in which he claims former FSB officer Aleksandr Litvinenko's death was caused by Litvinenko's own experiments, not, as some have said, by FSB poisoning. Litvinenko died in November 2006 from exposure to a radioactive isotope of polonium.

On July 6, Russia said Britain was wrong not to prosecute self-exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky for allegedly callingin a newspaper interview earlier this year for the use of "force" to oust President Vladimir Putin.

Britain's Crown Prosecution on July 5 said Berezovsky, who has been granted refugee status in Britain, would not be charged with any criminal offenses. It cited a lack of evidence that he was inciting the use of violence.

Russian prosecutors said this week they would try Berezovsky in absentia for plotting a coup.

(with material from agency reports)

Aleksandr Litvinenko: A Timeline

Aleksandr Litvinenko: A Timeline

CLOAK AND DAGGER: A timeline of a murder case that unraveled after Andrei Litvinenko, a former Russian security officer and vocal Kremlin critic, dies on November 23, 2006, of poisoning by radioactive isotope polonium-210.

In a deathbed letter, Litvinenko blames Russian President Vladimir Putin for his death -- a claim Putin condemns.

Investigators center on two meetings in London that Litvinenko had described -- one in which he met with two Russians for tea in London, and another in which he met with a third Russian at a sushi bar.

Six months later, British prosecutors announce they have enough evidence to charge a Russian citizen -- one of the men who had met with Litvinenko for tea -- with the murder ...more...

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