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Russia Rights Council Says Jailed Lawyer Was 'Murdered'

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and council Chairwoman Ella Pamfilova in Gorki in February 2009
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and council Chairwoman Ella Pamfilova in Gorki in February 2009
* Correction appended

Ella Pamfilova, the chairwoman of the Russian president's Council for Promoting Civil and Human Rights, has said the death in custody last week of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky is a "murder and a tragedy," RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Pamfilova referred to Magnitsky's case during her report to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on the human rights situation in the country.

Magnitsky, a lawer for the London-based hedge fund Hermitage Capital, died on November 19 in a Moscow prison after allegedly being denied medical care.

Magnitsky, 37, was in Butyrka prison awaiting trial on tax-fraud charges.

* The last sentence has been changed to correct Magnitsky's status in prison.
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