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Spokesman: Results of public probe into Litvinenko death of no interest to Kremlin

January 20, 13:40 UTC+3 MOSCOW
According to Dmitry Peskov, no response is likely to follow from the Kremlin to the results of teh investigation into the suspected murder of a former officer of Russia’s federal security service, FSB
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MOSCOW, January 20. /TASS/. The results of the public probe into the suspected murder of a former officer of Russia’s federal security service FSB, Alexander Litvinenko, are of no interest to the Kremlin, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media, adding, though, that he would read the report himself.

"I don’t think that some response from the Kremlin may follow," he told the media, when asked if one should expect any comments to the publication of the report due on January 21.

"Honestly speaking, this is beyond the sphere that may be of any interest to us," Peskov said. "The probe is underway in Britain, and this is not a theme that is of interest to us. It is not on our agenda," he said.

"Certainly, when the report has been published, we shall take a look at it," Peskov said.

The findings of a public probe into the Litvinenko affair (the former Russian special service agent was presumably poisoned in London in November 2006) will be made public on January 21 in London. The British authorities suspect that Russian citizens, including Andrey Lugovoi, were responsible.

The public probe into the Litvinenko case was launched in a London court last January. The original expectation was the probe would be over in March 2015, but eventually it was prolonged when Russian businessman Dmitry Kovtun declared his intention to testify. Kovtun, whom London suspects of complicity in Litvinenko’s death, eventually refused to appear as a witness.

After the open phase the hearings continued behind closed doors. According to counsel Robin Tam, the open hearings lasted 34 days. Testimonies by 62 witnesses were heard.

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