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Monday, 3 April 2006 - Strasbourg OJ edition

8. One-minute speeches on matters of political importance

  Gerard Batten (IND/DEM ). – Mr President, one of my constituents, Alexander Litvinenko, was formerly a lieutenant colonel in the Russian Federation’s FSB, the successor to the KGB. Mr Litvinenko’s exposure of illegal FSB activities forced him to seek political asylum abroad. Before deciding on a place of refuge, he consulted his friend, General Anatoly Trofimov, a former deputy chief of the FSB. General Trofimov reportedly said to Mr Litvinenko: ‘Don’t go to Italy, there are many KGB agents among the politicians. Romano Prodi is our man there’. In February 2006, Mr Litvinenko reported this information to Mario Scaramella of the Guzzanti Commission investigating KGB penetration of Italian politics.

This allegation against a former head of the European Commission is one of the utmost seriousness. It should be thoroughly investigated. The European Parliament should conduct its own investigation.

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