Washington sanctioned a close friend of Putin and Alexander Litvinenko’s alleged assassins

The United States adopted on Monday new sanctions against Russia concerning a friend of the President Vladimir Putin and the two alleged assassins of the opponent, Aleksandr Litvinenko, a former KGB agent who was poisoned with polonium in London in 2006, according to AFP.

The Treasury and the Department of State announced in a press release that they will add other three names on their so-called Magnitski list – Aleksandr Bastrikin, the chairman of the Investigative Russian Committee, Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitri Kovtun.

This American law allows freezing any eventual assets and interests in the USA of every Russian official found guilty of serious human rights’ violations, according to Washington.

According to AFP, the British police requested in January 2016 the extradition of two Russian citizens – Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitri Kovtun – designated as the authors of the murder by poisoning with radioactive polonium of the former KGB agent, Aleksandr Litvinenko, in 2006 in London, according to the findings of the investigation made public by the British magistrate Robert Owen.

‘There are still mandates against Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitri Kovtun for this crime. Our goal remains to bring them to court’, said Scotland Yard back then in a statement.

Russia will not extradite Lugovoi and Kovtun – former Russian secret service agents – in Britain after the public inquiry held in London has established that the two were directly involved Litvinenko’s case.

A statement to this regard was made by lawyer Dmitry Agranovski for RIA Novosti. Russian Constitution forbids it, he explained.

‘The prospects for the extradition of Lugovoi and Kovtun are zero because the Russian Constitution prohibits the extradition of Russian citizens to another state, regardless of the crime imputed to them’, he added.

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