House of Lords Member Denied Russian Visa
Lord Nicholas Rea, member of the British House of Lords, has been
denied Russian visa.
Lord Rea planned to attend the retrial of the Russian ex-security
colonel scheduled for Monday. Mikhail Trepashkin, former officer of
the Federal Security Service (FSV), had been earlier sentenced to four
years in prison for possessing an unregistered weapon and disclosing
state secrets. He won the support of human rights activist for his
efforts to investigate alleged government complicity in the country's
1999 apartment bombings that claimed over 200 lives. On Monday, the
court planned to consider his pre-term discharge.
The head of the Foundation for Civil Liberties Alex Goldfarb quoted by
Echo of Moscow radio said the Russian embassy in London had explained
they were unable to grant visa to lord Rea because the receiving party
was the movement "For the Human Rights."