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Putin Decorates Suspect In Litvinenko Killing

March 09, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin has awarded a high state medal to Andrei Lugovoi, a lawmaker wanted by British police for the alleged murder of former Russian spy Aleksandr Litvinenko in London.

A decree signed by Putin and published on an official website on March 9 said Lugovoi was awarded with the For Service to the Fatherland of the Second Degree medal for his contribution to the 'development of Russian parliamentary system and active lawmaking activities.'

In January, Britain's counterterrorism officer Craig Mascall said that Litvinenko's murder by a radioactive isotope in 2006 was under investigation and that Lugovoi and another Russian national, Dmitry Kovtun, were still wanted for the murder.

Russia has refused to extradite the two suspects, while the Kremlin has always denied involvement in Litvinenko's death.

In May 2014, Lugovoi, who is the deputy chairman of the parliamentary committee for national security, was one of the initiators of a law criminalizing hiding dual citizenship by Russian citizens.

Source: http://www.rferl.org/content/putin-decorated- lugovoi-for-parliamentarism/26889963.html

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