Russian General Prosecutor Ignores Sergei Magnitsky’s Mother’s Complaint Against Him for Slander

June 16, 2016


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Russian General Prosecutor Ignores Sergei Magnitsky’s Mother’s Complaint Against Him for Slander


16 June 2016 – Russian General Prosecutor Chaika refused to respond to Sergei Magnitsky’s mother’s application challenging his posthumous slander against her son. Ms Magnitskaya’s application highlighted new information on the cover up since 2008 of perpetrators of the US$230 Million crime her son had uncovered, by the General Prosecutor’s Office and specifically by Chaika’s aid, prosecutor Bumazhkin. The cover up involved the early exoneration of all perpetrators of the theft of budget funds from any liability, allowing them to conceal evidence and launder the stolen funds in the year following the theft.

On December 14, 2016, Yuri Chaika accused Sergei Magnitsky of being a perpetrator of the $230 million fraud that Magnitsky had uncovered. His accusation was published in an “open letter” in the Russian newspaper Kommersant.

Magnitsky’s mother filed a formal application to Yuri Chaika stating that his claim is not based on facts, is contradicted by available documents, and sought the full disclosure of material that Chaika relied on to make the posthumous accusation against her son.

Prosecutor Chaika failed to respond to Ms Magnitskaya. Instead, prosecutor A.V. Kulikov of the 2nd unit of the Russian General Prosecutor’s Office in charge of highly important cases signed a formal reply stating that Magnitsky’s mother does not have the procedural standing to receive any documents.

“Your application to provide documents and on other matters have been considered…The investigative body does not have documents to verify that you have a standing in the criminal case…Therefore, your client and you do not have the right to access the materials of the preliminary investigation,” said prosecutor Kulikov.

The application on behalf of Mrs Magnitskaya to which Chaika failed to respond, said:

“Despite the numerous sufferings and torture that he[Magnitsky] had been subjected to by investigation in detention, he… repeated the testimony given before his arrest about the complicity of Interior Ministry officials in the crime against its citizens  – the theft of 5.4 billion rubles [$230 mln], and the crime against his client – the theft of the three companies of the Hermitage fund, and filed complaints against the violations of his rights committed personally by you and by your subordinates in the General Prosecutor’s Office.

 His lawyers did not ask him to sign documents about unknown events, but instead filed complaints, including complaints addressed to you personally, about the violations of his rights in detention, the unlawful deprivation of medical care, the pressure exerted to break his will and force him to give false testimony.

 Magnitsky did not sign false returns and forged documents and did not pass them to Gasanov and Markelov to use in the fraudulent refund of 5.4 billion rubles from the budget; these documents were manufactured by members of the criminal organization exposed by Magnitsky which comprised officials of the Interior Ministry and General Prosecutor’s Office who protected this organization, that for many years has specialized in the illegal tax refunds at the Moscow tax offices no 25 and no 28.

 Thanks to the investigation by Magnitsky, conducted for his client – the Hermitage fund, the theft of 5.4 billion rubles was uncovered, notified to you on 25 July 2008 …seeking to bring those complicit to justice, in response to which your aid A.K.Bumazhkin sent a reply dated 18.08.2008 that the investigation was suspended “due to the inability of suspects to participate” in the case, and then closed in relation to Markelov, Kurochkin and Khlebnikov …“due to the absence of crime in their actions.” Your aid also informed that the “outcomes of the investigation were under control of the General Prosecutor’s Office.

 Therefore, under the control and with the knowledge of the General Prosecutor’s Office, of which you are in charge, the perpetrators who committed the grandiose theft from the budget of 5.4 billion rubles, remained for a long time at large, had an opportunity to destroy evidence of their crime and continue it through unrestrained bank transfers designed to launder funds stolen from their fellow citizens.”

Sergei Magnitsky was Hermitage’s lawyer who uncovered the US$230 million fraud and testified about the complicity of Russian officials in it. He was falsely arrested, detained for 358 days without trial, tortured and killed in Russian police custody at the age of 37.

The events of this case are described in the New-York Times best-seller “Red Notice” by William Browder and in a series of campaign videos on Youtube channel “Russian Untouchables.”


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