Court Dismisses Case of Doctor Accused in Trifonova’s Death

A Moscow court has stopped a criminal case against Dr. Alexandra Artamonova, who treated businesswoman Vera Trifonova who died in a pretrial detention facility, because the statute of limitation had expired, RAPSI news agency reported on Friday.

This decision is not an admission of guilt and is not considered a criminal record.

The deaths in pretrial detention of two defendants in white-collar crime cases, lawyer Sergei Magnitsky and businesswoman Vera Trifonova, sparked a public outcry. Vera Trifonova, 54, a wheelchair-bound businesswoman, was accused of fraud. She died at Matrosskaya Tishina in April 2010 after being refused medical treatment for acute diabetes and told to sleep “standing up.”

According to investigators, Artamonov carried out a medical procedure, a session of renal replacement therapy (dialysis) on Trifonova. To perform the procedures Trifonova had to puncture and catheterize the right femoral vein. Investigators believe that after procedure, Artamonova permitted the removal of Trifonova to a hospital in the Moscow region, exposing her life to risk. The woman died a few days after the procedure.


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