Nikitin goes to Moscow tonight

At 9.00 GMT this Friday morning, Nikitin and his lawyer Yuri Shmidt hold a press conference in Moscow, presenting their view on the espionage charges. It was the new chief of investigations within the FSB, Andrei Kolb, who gave Nikitin permission to leave St. Petersburg. The former chief investigator, Boris Utkin, refused a number of applications for permission to travel outside St. Petersburg. Utkin was taken off the case two weeks ago.

Thomas Nilsen