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UK dancing to Moscow’s tune over Litvinenko: lawyer

The Guardian, LONDON

“We know nothing about why these applications are being made. We are dancing in the dark,” Emmerson said, adding that the PII request was “extraordinarily broad.”

He told the coroner: “It is beginning to look like you are being steamrollered by two states acting in collaboration with each other.”

Owen responded: “You can rest assured I am not being steamrollered from either direction.”

Alex Goldfarb, Litvinenko’s close friend, said it was not surprising that the government wanted to keep a lid on the inquest.

“HMG [Her Majesty’s government] is worried about fallout with Putin; MI6 is worried about its agent being killed by polonium; the Russians are worried about being caught red-handed; Putin is concerned about being called a mafia boss,” Goldfarb said.

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