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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

‘Magnitsky Wasn’t Ill’

A senior prosecutor denied on Tuesday that Hermitage Capital lawyer Sergei Magnitsky was seriously ill in detention and called his death “a major blow for the prosecution.”

Magnitsky, 37, complained about health problems for months before dying in a Moscow pretrial detention center in November. He was arrested on tax charges after accusing senior Interior Ministry officials of embezzling government funds.

Oleg Logunov, a department head at the Prosecutor General’s Office, said Magnitsky’s health was suitable for his detention and blamed “the low quality of prison medicine” for his “sudden death,” Interfax reported.

“He never complained about his heart,” Logunov said. “This death was completely unexpected. It was a major blow for the prosecution. It was a human tragedy, in and of itself.”

(MT)