Russian businessman is likely to have been poisoned

Russian businessman is likely to have been poisoned

It is questionable whether Alexander Perepilichnyy’s sudden death near his home in Surrey was natural or not. According to a pre-inquest hearing, a wealthy Russian businessman may have been poisoned.

It is questionable whether Alexander Perepilichnyy’s sudden death near his home in Surrey was natural or not. According to a pre-inquest hearing, a wealthy Russian businessman may have been poisoned.

A 44-year-old businessman collapsed and died on his way home to Weybridge, Surrey, on 10 November 2012. After Surrey police had investigated his death, they decided there wasn’t anything suspicious. Although, new toxicology tests have shown that he might have been killed with a rare poison.

Granville Road on the St George's Hill private estate, where Russian businessman Alexander Perepilichnyy collapsed

Granville Road on the St George’s Hill private estate, where Russian businessman Alexander Perepilichnyy collapsed

The several colleagues of Mr Perepilichnyy in London confirmed that he had received death threats, according to world affairs correspondent Richard Galpin’s statement.

Russian businessman was said to hand over some important documents to another businessman in London and to prosecutors in Switzerland. These papers revealed that Russian officials and mafia members were implicated to the theft of approximately $240m from the Russian state through tax fraud.

In spite of the fact that the full investigation had to be made earlier, it was postponed due to the new toxicology information. However, tests showed a potential marker for a rare poison which is called Gelsemium elegans.
To establish whether the poison was in a body of wealthy Russian businessman, some further inquests and tests will be carried out.

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