Russian investigators plan to attend Litvinenko death trial in London

The Russian Investigative Committee plans to ask the British authorities for permission to participate in court proceedings in London over the death of Russian citizen Alexander Litvinenko, the committee said in a press release seen by Interfax on Friday.

"In the near future solicitors and barristers of the Investigative Committee will lodge a petition with the British court, requesting procedural status with the aim of helping the court ensure a comprehensive, full and unbiased trial," the committee said.

An announcement was made during a Thursday session of London's Coroners Court that "the Russian Investigative Committee would like to join the proceedings as an interested party in accordance with the Coroners Rules," it said.

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