Senior UK diplomat beaten up after campaign of Russian harassment


A senior British diplomat has been beaten by two unidentified assailants while on an official trip in provincial Russia. Nigel Gould-Davies, first secretary at the British embassy in Moscow, was attacked at 1am on Saturday as he walked across the theatre square in the Siberian city of Chita, police said.
Mr Gould-Davies needed hospital treatment for bruises to his face. His glasses were broken in the attack and he was unable to see his assailants, police said.

The beating is the second assault on Britons in Russia in two days, and follows an attack on Sunday by anti-homosexual protesters on the British human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell. Mr Tatchell was punched, knocked to the ground, and kicked while protesting about gay rights with a group of European parliamentarians. Yesterday embassy officials described the attack on Mr Gould-Davies as a random assault carried out by drunken teenagers celebrating the end of the school year… The Guardian

And then…

Britain’s ambassador to Moscow yesterday delivered a request for the extradition of the man suspected of murdering former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London.
Last week the Crown Prosecution Service said there was enough evidence to charge Russian businessman Andrei Lugovoi with the murder.

Mr Litvinenko, a vehement critic of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, died on November 23 2006, after being poisoned with radioactive polonium-210.

The British ambassador, Anthony Brenton, submitted the extradition request to the foreign ministry in Moscow, a spokesman said. “I can confirm that today the ambassador submitted to the Russian foreign ministry papers requesting the extradition of Mr Lugovoi,” an embassy spokesman said… The Guardian