Posts Tagged ‘natalya vasilyeva’

July 2011

Probe launched against Russian jail officials

Associated Press

Russian investigators launched a criminal probe Monday against two prison officials for their suspected role in the death of a jailed lawyer, who claimed to have uncovered a $230 million tax fraud by corrupt Interior Ministry officers.

This is the first time Russian officials have specifically identified anyone in relation to the death of Sergei Magnitsky in November 2009 after the pancreatitis he developed in prison went untreated.

But the announcement has done little to appease the lawyer’s supporters, who accuse the authorities of failing to investigate the real culprits.

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