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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lugovoi Says He's Enjoying His Time at Home

Andrei Lugovoi complained on Friday he was becoming so popular at home that crowds of fellow Russians hounded him to get an autograph.

"I do not know if I am a hero or not," Andrei Lugovoi, the former Federal Guard Service officer accused by Britain of murdering emigre Alexander Litvinenko, said in a live interview on Ekho Moskvy radio.

"Right now, I have no plans to become a politician, but I do experience difficulties visiting public places, especially with my family -- I am approached by people all the time."

Once a frequent visitor to Britain where he had business interests, he said he was now taking pleasure in just hiking across his own vast country, often sleeping in a tent.

"I think all of Britain is just a bit bigger than the Moscow region, so if I lived there without a chance to travel elsewhere I would be bored," he quipped. "But Moscow alone offers you much more of interest than London and Paris put together."

Lugovoi again questioned the British case against him, and also offered some colorful criticism of Britain, saying it "has always hidden con men, swindlers, adventurists and defectors," and that" to speak of imperial ambitions for Britain today is funny, to say the least."