Russian prosecutor explains what Berezovsky, Litvinenko, Skripal cases have in common
The cases of former intelligence officers Sergei Skripal and Alexander Litvinenko, as well as Boris Berezovsky, have been unfolding under the same scenario, Russia's Deputy Prosecutor-General Saak Karapetyan said.
"In all three cases, the authorities refused to cooperate with Russia, thus ruling out any chance for anyone to assess their objectivity," the official said.
The deputy prosecutor also noted that in all three cases, individuals who were wanted in Russia for committing grave crimes were used as key provocateurs.
In addition, "in all three cases there were allegations that poisonous substances had been used and charges were hurled against Russia."
Karapetyan noted that Russia has not received documents from the UK on the death of Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky and its cause yet. "Russia’s authorities have been asking British officials to provide documents confirming the death of Berezovsky and its cause for a year following Berezovsky’s death. However, we haven’t received this document so far, despite Britain’s obligations under the Convention on Legal Aid," TASS cited the deputy general prosecutor as saying.
The prosecutor added that the UK refused to extradite persons on Russia’s wanted list for embezzlement after they declared themselves "enemies of the Putin regime."
"We analyzed the refusals for extradition. All it took was to declare themselves an enemy of the Putin regime, and after that they were immediately granted refugee status," Karapetyan stressed.