Prominent Russian attorney seeks US asylum

Boris Kuznetsov, a prominent lawyer who challenged the security services' wiretapping of his client, has applied for political asylum in the United States, his Moscow attorney said Tuesday. Kuznetsov fled Russia in July after authorities accused him of divulging state secrets by providing evidence of the wiretapping to the Constitutional Court. Kuznetsov has taken part in an array of high-profile cases, including representing the family of murdered journalist Anna Politikovskaya, a fierce Kremlin critic, and representing families of sailors who died in the Kursk nuclear submarine disaster in 2000. By seeking asylum, Kuznetsov is "striving to secure himself from lasting and steadfast criminal prosecution," his lawyer Robert Zinoviev told The Associated Press.