Former Russian Secret Service Officer Seeks Asylum in Britain

Published November 2nd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A former officer in the Russian secret service has filed for political asylum in Britain, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee, Tom King said on Thursday. 

The former FSB officer, Alexander Litvinenko told British daily The Sun that he was constantly victimized by the Russian secret services. "I have repeatedly asked prosecution agencies to protect myself and my family," he said. 

In 1998, he told a press conference that he refused an order to assassinate Boris Berezovsky, the controversial Russian businessman. 

He also claims to have information on a series of attacks in Moscow last year which killed dozens of people and which Russian authorities blamed on Chechnyan terrorists. 

The FSB says the former Lieutenant Colonel "is no longer a member of the FSB as has not been for some time." 

Litvinenko was twice arrested in Russia in 1999, before being released in December. 

King confirmed, "We are aware that he has made an application for asylum and that is currently being processed," without commenting any further -- LONDON (AFP)  


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