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Foreign & Commonwealth Office: names & job titles of the Russian and UK diplomats expelled after the Polonium 210 murder affair

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office website does not seem to provide details of any easy methods for the public to contact the FCO on anything except travel related matters.

There is a General telephone number,but no email, or postal address etc. or any email or postal mail contact details for the Foreign Office Ministers etc. They even seem to keep their Press Office details secret from the general public.

Hence we have reluctantly had to resort to a Freedom of Information Act request to try to elicit the names and job titles of the Russian and United Kingdom diplomats etc. who have been or who are in the process of being expelled as persona non grata, following the diplomatic incident over the failure to extradite or prosecute the suspect Andrei Lugovoi, in the radioactive Polonium 210 murder case of British citizen Alexander Litvinenko.

Every foreign government and intelligence agency will know who these people are, through their own normal diplomatic representatives in London and Moscow, so why shouldn't the UK general public know as well ?

Information Rights Team
Information Management Group
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Old Admiralty Building
London
SW1A 2PA

E-mail: dp-foi.img@fco.gov.uk

Sunday 22nd July 2007

Dear Sirs,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:

Please disclose the names and job titles of

a) the Russian Federation Embassy or Consular staff in London or elsewhere in the United Kingdom,

and

b) the United Kingdom Embassy or Consular staff in Moscow or elsewhere in the Russian Federation,

who have been, or who are shortly being expelled, following the diplomatic incident over the failure to extradite or prosecute the suspect Andrei Lugovoi in the radioactive Polonium 210 murder case of British citizen Alexander Litvinenko.

Please provide the information, ideally by publishing it on your public world wide website, or alternatively by email.

Ideally this should *not* be in the form of a "copy and paste" locked Adobe .pdf file, or similar, attachment.

In the unlikely event that this information is not already available in a standard electronic format, then please explain the reasons why, when you provide the information in another format.

If you are proposing to make a charge for providing the information requested, please provide full details in advance, together with an explanation of any proposed charge.

If you decide to withhold any of the information requested, you should clearly explain why you have done so in your response, by reference to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 legislation.

If your decision to withhold is based upon an evaluation of the Public Interest, then you should clearly explain which public interests you have considered, and why you have decided that the public interest in maintaining the exception(s) outweighs the public interest in releasing the information.

I look forward to receiving the information requested as soon as possible, and in any event, within the statutory 20 working days from receipt of this email i.e. by Tuesday 21st August 2007

Yours Sincerely,

[name]
[address]
[email]


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