Nikitin goes to Moscow tonight

Publish date: November 27, 1997

Written by: Thomas Nilsen

This evening, Aleksandr Nikitin leaves St. Petersburg for Moscow. Thus, the FSB finally gave up on this demand that he remain in St. Petersburg at all times. Nikitin has been kept under city-arrest since his release from custody December 14 last year.

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.