The prime suspect in the murder of Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko could become the next mayor of the Russian Olympic city of Sochi.
Andrei Lugovoi is likely to become the candidate for the ultranationalist Liberal Democratic Party of Russia in elections in April. The party makes its final decision on a candidate next week. “If we decide that I should take on such a responsibility, I’ll take it,” Lugovoi said during a radio interview. “I’ve proven my abilities in the military service, in business and I’m doing it in politics, and, in the final analysis, I may prove myself in leadership as well,” he said. Litvinenko fell ill after drinking tea with Lugovoi and another person at a London hotel three years ago. The millionaire says he didn’t poison Litvinenko and Russia refuses to hand him over to Britain for trial. Litvinenko’s widow has vowed to travel the world calling for a boycott of the Sochi Games, if Lugovoi’s elected Mayor. The city is now the centre of a multi billion dollar construction project, overseen by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin himself, preparing it for Winter 2014. Lugovoi dismisses suggestions of a boycott. And he hasn’t ruled out a visit to London to study its preparations for the 2012 main Olympics – despite the warrant outstanding in Britain for his arrest.