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U.K. Police Say Russian Whistleblower's Death Not Suspicious


A screenshot of "The Independent" newspaper shows a picture of the late Russian businessman Aleksandr Perepilichny.

A screenshot of "The Independent" newspaper shows a picture of the late Russian businessman Aleksandr Perepilichny.

British police have said the death of a whistleblower who was a key witness against Russian officials accused of stealing some $230 million was not suspicious.

Aleksandr Perepilichny had documents that allegedly implicated Russian officials in a tax fraud scheme that saw money being funneled into Swiss bank accounts.

The 44-year-old was found dead outside his rented home in southern England last November, sparking rumors he had been killed.

Two autopsies were carried out on Perepilichny’s body and Surrey Deputy Chief Inspector Ian Pollard said on June 7 that, after "a full and detailed range of toxicology tests, there is no evidence to suggest" foul play was involved.

Perepilichny was cooperating as a whistleblower in the same case Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky was investigating before he died after being abused in a Moscow jail in 2009.


Based on reporting by AP and ITAR-TASS
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