THE QUESTION

Should Russia have to hand over the man Britain accuses of assassinating ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko on British soil?

Posted by David Ignatius & Fareed Zakaria on July 29, 2007 4:29 PM

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Shim Jae Hoon is a Seoul-based journalist and commentator writing for a variety of international publications including YaleGlobal Online, The Straits Times of Singapore, The Taipei Times and Korea Herald. He was a correspondent for Far Eastern Economic Review in Seoul, Taipei and Jakarta.

Foreign Bogey an Old Dictator's Trick

Nothing in Putin's background or Russia's history suggests that Moscow is likely to hand over Andrei Lugovoi. It's not simply that the Russian Constitution forbids extradition. It has more to do with the nature of Russia's transition from totalitarianism -- and Putin's need to trumpet foreign menaces to maintain domestic support.

Shim Jae Hoon South Korea | 17 COMMENTS
Jul 30, 2007 at 9:26 AM
Bashir Goth is a veteran journalist, freelance writer, the first Somali blogger and editor of a leading news website. He is also a regular contributor to major Middle Eastern and African newspapers and online journals.

Don't Treat Russia like a Third World Country

Bashir Goth Somalia/UAE | 146 COMMENTS
Miklós Vámos is a Hungarian novelist, screenwriter and talk show host. He is one of the most read and respected writers in his native Hungary. He has taught at Yale University on a Fulbright fellowship, served as The Nation’s East European correspondent, worked as consultant on the Oscar-winning film Mephisto, and presented Hungary’s most-watched cultural television show. Vámos has received numerous awards for his plays, screenplays, novels and short stories, including the Hungarian Merit Award for lifetime achievement. The Book of Fathers is considered his most accomplished novel and has sold 200,000 copies in Hungary.

Does It Matter Where He's Tried?

Miklos Vamos Budapest, Hungary | 9 COMMENTS
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» Yousuf Hashmi | The whole story is foggy and many questions remained un-answered. The agents assasseination itself is not an important issue. Agents every body know...
» BobL-VA | Should Russia turn him over? Yes. Should they have to? Absolutely not. Will they? Prabably not. Russia is a sovreign state. It can review the ...
» Lisa | I agree with the commentator that asserts Russian law should dictate response...and the Brits should quit letting Berezovsky make a fool of them!...i...
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