Magnitsky Doctor Cleared of Charges

Prosecutors have dropped negligence charges against a doctor at the pre-trial detention facility where 37-year-old lawyer Sergei Magnitsky died because the statute of limitations has expired, Hermitage Capital, reported on Monday.

Larisa Litvinova was charged with negligence contibuting to Magnitsky’s death.

Magnitsky died after almost a year in the Matrosskaya Tishina pre-trial detention center in Moscow in November 2009. He had been arrested on tax evasion charges just days after accusing police investigators in a $230 million tax refund fraud.

Magnitsky was serving as outside counsel for Hermitage Capital when he uncovered the alleged fraud.

Magnitsky had been diagnosed with pancreatitis and gall bladder disease. Prison officials said he died due to heart failure and toxic shock.

Following his death, Litvinova was promoted and transferred to the Federal Penitentiary Service in Moscow, Hermitage Capital said.

Another prison doctor, Dmitry Kratov, is the only official still facing charges over Magnitsky’s death.


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