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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Litvinenko Investigators Hope to Travel to Britain

The Prosecutor General's Office said Sunday that it hoped to receive permission as early as next week to send investigators to Britain to probe the poisoning death of former security agent Alexander Litvinenko.

Prosecutors want to question Kremlin critic and self-exiled oligarch Boris Berezovsky, among others.

British authorities have yet to respond to prosecutors' request, a source at the Prosecutor General's Office said.

British Home Secretary John Reid gave formal permission to countries that want to send investigators to Britain as part of ongoing inquiries, The Observer reported Sunday.

Litvinenko died in a London hospital Nov. 23. Doctors said he had been poisoned with polonium-210, a rare radioactive isotope.

British investigators traveled to Moscow in December and participated in the questioning of Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun, two businessmen who were formerly in the security services and who met with Litvinenko in London on Nov. 1, hours before he said he fell ill.

Meanwhile, Lugovoi, Kovtun and Vyacheslav Sokolenko -- reported to be another possible suspect -- on Friday flew to the North Caucasus ski resort of Dombay to escape unwanted media attention, Ren-TV television reported.

Lugovoi, who maintains his innocence, says there is no evidence proving he is the killer.

Kovtun dismissed talk that the security services were responsible for Litvinenko's death, saying they could have done it more "efficiently."

Sokolenko, from his house 30 kilometers outside Moscow, quoted a chant that appeared on the web site of his favorite football team, CSKA Moscow: "We're eating endless polonium, we're CSKA fans, and we believe with all our hearts that we will poison Spartak," he said, referring to one of the club's chief rivals.

In the television broadcast, Lugovoi, Kovtun and Sokolenko are seen loading their skiing equipment into an sport utility vehicle with tinted windows and driving to a Moscow airport.

Lugovoi, Kovtun and Sokolenko are seen joking about turning the whole Litvinenko affair into a Hollywood movie, musing that actors Brad Pitt, Hugh Grant and Quentin Tarantino would play the three of them, respectively.

It has been reported that Warner Brothers, Colombia Pictures and Braun Entertainment are interested in making a movie about Litvinenko's death.

Actor Johnny Depp is said to be contemplating a lead role.

(AP, MT)