A Russian businessman helping Swiss prosecutors uncover a powerful fraud syndicate has died in mysterious circumstances in one of the UK’s most exclusive areas.
Alexander Perepelichny sought refuge in the St George’s Hill area of Surrey three years ago. He is said to have provided evidence against corrupt officials.
The 44-year-old was also involved in an inquiry into the death of anti-corruption lawyer Sergei Magnitsky – although the Kremlin has denied any link.
“This death could benefit those involved in the Magnitsky case,” said anti-corruption campaigner Kirill Kabanov, “but also someone who wants to score political points by sticking labels on Putin’s new presidency.”
Sergei Magnitsky died in custody in 2009. He had uncovered the alleged theft of more than 150 million euros by Russian tax officials. Perepelichny is the fourth person linked to the case to have died in mysterious circumstances.