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Russia

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 6th June 2007.

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Photo of Mark Pritchard Mark Pritchard Conservative, The Wrekin

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her Russian counterpart on Russians living in the United Kingdom who advocate violence against the Russian Government.

Photo of Geoff Hoon Geoff Hoon Minister of State (Europe), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The Russian authorities have raised concerns about Russian nationals resident in the UK with myself and other Government Ministers. But it would not be appropriate for me to comment on the legal position of any individuals. As my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary made clear on 13 April, we deplore any statement which appears to call for the overthrow of the Russian Government by force.

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