Litvinenko Murder Suspect Halts Mayor Bid

Party says he lacked enough backers for Olympic city race
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 24, 2009 12:16 PM CDT
Andrei Lugovoy, a former KGB officer and key figure in the investigation into the fatal poisoning of former Russian security agent Alexander Litvinenko, in Moscow in 2008.   (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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(Newser) – The UK's top suspect in the killing of Alexander Litvinenko has quit the mayoral race in the Russian city set to hold the 2014 Winter Olympics, Reuters reports. “The leadership of the party took a final decision that my candidacy would not be put forward,” Andrei Lugovoy said, adding that he would stick to Russia's parliament. Lugovoy didn’t have enough support in the race, his party said.