Sergei Magnitsky’s Mother Demands Answers from Russia’s General Prosecutor Chaika About False Statements Against Her Son

December 22, 2015

Sergei Magnitsky’s Mother Demands Answers from Russia’s General Prosecutor Chaika About False Statements Against Her Son


Yuri Chaika

22 December 2015  – Sergei Magnitsky’s mother has demanded answers from Russian General prosecutor Chaika over his hysterical letter containing false information about Sergei Magnitsky published last week in Russian newspaper Kommersant. Chaika’s letter was a response to Russian blogger Alexei Navalny’s explosive video about the corruption and abuse of office involving Chaika’s two sons and senior prosecutors in the country.


In Chaika’s14 December 2015 letter to Kommersant, he claimed that Sergei Magnitsky had never investigated the $230 million theft from the Russian budget.


In Sergei Magnitsky’s mother’s application to the General Prosecutor’s office which was filed at the end of last week, she refuted Chaika’s false statements and placed the responsibility on Chaika himself for the cover up of the $230 million theft and its perpetrators implicated by Sergei Magnitsky in sworn testimony.


“The information you have disseminated inflicts pain on a mother who lost her son, it is not based on facts, it has not been corroborated by courts, and it is refuted by documents, including the criminal case files about Magnitsky’s death,” said Ms. Magnitskaya to Prosecutor Chaika.


“Thanks to Sergei Magnitsky’s investigation which he conducted on instruction from his client – the Hermitage Fund – the theft of 5.4 billion rubles [$230 million] was uncovered, and reported to you on 25 July 2008 in an application seeking to investigate the fraud and prosecute its perpetrators. In response your senior aid Bumazhkin replied that the investigation had been terminated …due to the lack of crime. Your aid also reported that the outcomes of this investigation were under control of the General Prosecutor’s Office,” said the application from Ms. Magnitskaya.


“It follows that under the control and with knowledge of the Russian General Prosecutor’s Office headed by you, perpetrators who committed a grandiose theft of 5.4 billion rubles from the budget, remained for a long time free, had opportunity to destroy evidence of their crime and continue it unhindered through laundering the proceeds stolen from the Russian people via bank wire transfers,” said Ms. Magnitskaya’s application.


Sergei Magnitsky’s mother’s application asks Chaika whether the information he had disseminated was his personal opinion, or his official conclusion as General prosecutor of Russia tasked by Russian president to personally oversee all cases connected to Sergei Magnitsky. The reply from Prosecutor Chaika to Magnitsky’s mother application is yet not known.


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