Sergey Magnitsky

A probe into the case of two jail officers possibly involved in the death of Hermitage Capital lawyer Sergey Magnitsky has been completed. The prison doctor Larisa Litvinova and her chief Dmitry Kratov have been charged with causing death by negligence and malpractice.

According to investigators, the doctor ignored Magnitsky’s repeated complaints about his health, refused to conduct diagnostics and failed to prescribe the necessary treatment. Kratov failed to ensure proper supervision of medical personnel and also ignored the patient’s complaints. As a result, Sergey Magnitsky died of acute heart failure.

The investigators also stared a separate investigation to determine whether the conditions in which Magnitsky was kept in detention can be considered torture.

The investigators are going to further explore the materials collected by the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights. In December 2011, the Council announced that ‘there is evidence of misconduct against Magnitsky’.

In particular, the names of police officers Oleg Silchenko and Alexei Kuznetsov investigating the case against Magnitsky were mentioned. Then, the Investigation Department of the Russian Interior Ministry had to acknowledge that the lawyer was held in handcuffs and had multiple injuries. The investigators, however, did not confirm the beatings with batons.

Sergey Magnitsky was arrested in November 2008 and died in a pretrial detention centre. The 37-year-old had accused tax and police officials of carrying out a tax scam that netted them $230 million.