Monday, July 16, 2007

Russia Must Extradite Litvinenkos Killer

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Britain expels Russian diplomats in murder row

This is a necessary first step against Russia. The U.K. requested that Andrei Lugovoy be extradited to England for the murder of Alexander Litvinenko. Of course, Russia makes some ludicrous claim that “extradition is not allowed under the Russian constitution,” or something like that. As discussed previously, that is completely false. Extradition IS allowed under the Russian constitution. Extradition is not allowed, unless the person to be extradited has broken a law that is also law in Russia. Murder is illegal in Russia, in case you didn’t know.

More steps need to be taken against the Russian Federation until they realize they are breaking international law. Nothing will be accomplished at the U.N. because Russia is a veto-wielding member of the Security Council.

The West needs to put more pressure on Russia to extradite Lugovoy. Britain has the right idea, now we just need to continue.

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