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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Latvia May Prompt Starovoitova Action

ST. PETERSBURG -- Latvian police may have released information on a suspect they say they have arrested in connection with the murder of Galina Starovoitova in order to press for action from Russian investigators, Starovoitova's former assistant said.

Ruslan Linkov said Latvian police are trying to get Russian investigators to report on their examination of a gun and bullets confiscated from the suspect in October. "Latvian officials told me that they passed some materials to Russian police ... but unfortunately they didn't receive any answer," Linkov said Thursday at a news conference.

Linkov was seriously wounded by the attacker who gunned down Starovoitova in November 1998. Latvian authorities said this week they had detained Konstantin Nikulin, a former member of the Soviet riot police, in the case.

Federal Security Service officials declined to comment. "Not everything investigators find out is accessible to the public. We do not have any official information for the press," spokesman Alexander Koloshensky said.