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Russia to question Britain over diplomatic blacklist report

The Kremlin is said to be angry over news that London reportedly blacklisted some 60 Russian officials over their alleged involvement in the death of an anti-corruption crusader in 2009.


A photo from files showing Alexander Litvinenko, former KGB spy and author of the book "Blowing Up Russia: Terror From Within" photographed at his home in London. Relations between Britain and Russia have been particularly strained since Litvinenko's murder in 2006.

AP Photo/Alistair Fuller, File

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Russia's ambassador to Britain will demand a response from the Foreign Office after reports that London might have blacklisted Russian officials for their alleged role in the prison death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, RIA news agency said on Sunday.

The Sunday Times reported that British Home Secretary Theresa May had sent a list of 60 Russians, including judges, intelligence officers and prosecutors, to the British embassy in Moscow and that they could be banned from entering the country.

Relations between Moscow and London have been strained over security, diplomatic, and human rights issues for years, particularly since the 2006 murder in London of Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian spy who died from poisoning with radioactive polonium-210.

Britain and other nations also condemned Russia for the 2009 killing of anti-corruption lawyer Magnitsky - probably beaten to death, according to the Kremlin's own human rights council.

A US Senate panel in June approved a bill that would require the United States to deny visas and freeze the assets of Russians linked to Magnitsky's death, along with other human rights abusers in Russia or anywhere in the world.


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