Russian Whistleblower Was Not Poisoned, Widow Informs Old Bailey Inquest

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The widow of Russian whistleblower Alexander Perepilichny informed an inquest on Monday that she did not think her spouse had been killed and stated she had prepared him a bowl of sorrel soup right before his unexpected death.

Perepilichny, 44, had been out running when he collapsed and passed away in November 2012 outside the household home in Weybridge, Surrey, which he showed his better half Tatiana and their 2 kids.

Surrey cops say his death is not suspicious. A pre-inquest hearing heard that traces of an unusual and lethal plant toxin, Gelsemium elegant, were found in his stomach and that the toxin has been used in the past by Russian and Chinese assassins.

Providing proof at the Old Bailey, Tatiana Perepilichnaya stated her partner – who she called Sasha – had returned from a business journey to Paris. She stated she had texted him asking him to bring some cream for a homemade soup she was preparing.

He texted back to say he was currently home. The soup– made from a standard Ukrainian dish and called s’ chee– had a naturally “sour” taste, she stated. She stated she was not able to remember where she had purchased the sorrel, which was available in a medium-sized glass container.

She stated she just consumed a percentage of the soup at the time, including that she and her child completed it later. When her hubby cannot return from his run, she texted: “Where are you?”, the inquest heard. A passerby discovered his body not far from the couple’s leased estate on the St George’s estate.

There was proof that Perepilichnyy, who moved from Moscow to London with his household in 2010, was getting dangers from Moscow, the inquest heard. In the last months of his life, he secured insurance coverage worth ₤ 3.5 m and requested another worth ₤ 5m.

Perepilichnaya, nevertheless, stated there was absolutely nothing to recommend her spouse was being threatened. She stated he acted typically, taken a trip by minicab and public transportation and guaranteed his life for a big amount because they will purchase a high-end property.

Inning accordance with previous hearings, Perepilichny had gotten death hazards, with his name likewise including on a hit list. The risks followed the exposed information of a $230m (₤ 160m) scams performed by a Russian gang with declared connect to the Kremlin.

The cash was taken from taxes paid by the investment firm Hermitage Capital to the Russian treasury. A lawyer who examined the case, Sergei Magnitsky, was jailed and passed away in jail in 2009.

Perepilichnaya stated she had no understanding of her spouse’s monetary affairs or whether he had provided files to Hermitage and to Swiss district attorneys.

She stated her other half was a deeply “personal person” who loved teaching their kid’s mathematics and physics. He fought with his weight in some cases but was otherwise in great shape and had not suffered sensation ill before he dropped dead, she stated.

Robert Moxon-Brown QC, acting for the insurance provider Legal & General, stated that Perepilichny had taken part in money laundering for rich customers in Russia. They consisted of Vladlen Stepanov, the other half of a senior Moscow tax main apparently associated with the scams. Money was sent out offshore.

Asked if she understood about this, Perepilichnaya responded: “Of course not.”.

The Old Bailey was informed that Perepilichnyy had worked with Tatiana’s bro Rishat Ismagilov. Ismagilov, who resides in Moscow, had come under pressure from the authorities or authorities after Perepilichny fell out with his customers and decamped to a gated neighborhood in Surrey, the inquest heard.

Perepilichnaya stated she understood absolutely nothing of this. She had a hard time to bear in mind information of exactly what had taken place in the terrible after-effects of her partner’s death – or the “scary”, as she called it. She experienced harassment from reporters and stated 99% of the stories blogged about the case were incorrect.

The inquest heard that in 2010, after Perepilichny had gone to the UK, Moscow investigated through Interpol regarding his location. In current weeks, her bro had offered a declaration declaring that Bill Browder, the president of Hermitage, was a criminal and a spy.

Browder, who is because of offer proof on Thursday, declares that Perepilichny was eliminated as a reprisal for his whistleblowing activities, with Surrey cops making a mess of the examination and mistakenly damaging much of the proof, consisting of the dead Russian’s stomach contents.

Perepilichnaya offered proof in Russian from behind a screen. She grumbled consistently of feeling exhausted and stated on several events: “I cannot keep in mind.”.

Henrietta Hill QC asked her if she understood her sibling’s allegations corresponded those leveled versus Browder by the Kremlin. Asked if Ismagilov had links himself to the Russian state, Perepilichnaya responded: “I do not think so. I do not know.”.

The inquest continues.