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PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS

11.04.2018

Embassy comment in relation to the inquest into the death of Alexander Perepilichny

On 10 April 2018, the inquest into the death of Alexander Perepilichny, the Russian businessman who died in 2012 near London, have resumed after a long break. It is not a coincidence that this event is synchronized with a large-scale anti-Russian provocation by the British government, baselessly accusing Russia of the "attempt on lives" of two Russian nationals: Sergei and Yulia Skripal.

The methods of engagement of British authorities in the investigation of the inquest into the death of A.Perepilichny are based on the same blunt and bad-faith approach of the British government and secret services, as we have seen in the investigations of the deaths of A.Litvinenko, B.Berezovsky, N.Glushkov and the Skripals case.

As with the mentioned high-profile cases, in 2016 the British government officially closed access to special services’ documents associated with the case, as well as all materials related to their contacts with
A.Perepilichny, thus gaining control over the ongoing investigation. Such a withdrawal of important information related to the case from the legal domain, de facto hinders an impartial investigation. Instead, groundless versions and outright misinformation are being thrown-in. Witnesses and interested parties, who are, in one way or another, connected with the British secret services, are introduced into the inquest.

Interested persons is an issue worth further details. The representatives of W.Browder’s “Hermitage Capital Management” fund, included in the investigation as an interested person, have been challenging the results of the post-mortem examinations made by the Home Office, which did not find any involvement of a third party or a foul play in A.Perepilichny’s death. They tried to discredit Mr Perepilichny’s widow (by throwing in the theory of a poisoned sorrel soup) and even the police, who were all initially interested persons in the inquest.

Moreover, precisely the representatives of Mr Browder’s fund pressed the theory of A.Perepilichny having been poisoned by Gelsemium on the basis of a new test that was conducted upon their initiative by an expert of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, which gave rise to new insinuations against Russia.

On 10 April 2018, that same expert testified in court saying that she could not confirm the presence of Gelsemium after the second test.

According to witness testimonies voiced in Court, there is documented confirmation of Mr Browder’s relation to the MI6 and the CIA. In addition, there is no doubt in his motive for misleading the investigation: William Felix Browder has been sentenced in absentia by a Russian Court for committing serious financial crimes, his culpability was fully proved. The merger of the interests of an international criminal with the interests of the British government for the sake of further escalating the anti-Russian rhetoric by means of provocations against Russian nationals who reside in the UK and are dependent on the British secret services, is nothing but deplorable.

All these circumstances around the inquest into the death of A.Perepilichny and the foot-dragging since 2012 clearly indicate that British authorities want to get the most out of this in order to promote the idea of another “Russian connection” in the case of yet another Russian citizen murdered on the British soil.

The classification (“public interest immunity”) by the British government of the materials directly related to such high-profile cases, along with flooding the courts, the public and foreign partners with false information presented as indisputable “facts”, creates legal nihilism, fake news mayhem, and compromises the work of the police and judicial authorities. It also impedes impartial investigations of deaths of our nationals (we cannot rule out a possibility of the British secret services’ hand). All this is being driven by political interests of London in an attempt to delegitimize Russia, as well as by interests of fugitive criminals living in the UK.

The British political motives are easy to predict, and the tools of the British government, which include the derailing of an impartial investigation and classification of documents, have been revealed a long time ago, and is no longer news. All this causes grave concern given yet another sequence of crimes against our fellow citizens in the UK. 




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