Russian whistleblower death in UK 'not suspicious'

UK police: Death of Russian whistleblower Perepilichny 'not suspicious'

Associated Press

LONDON (AP) -- British police say there were no suspicious circumstances in the death of a Russian whistleblower who was as a key witness against Russian officials accused of stealing $230 million from a London hedge fund in a money laundering scheme.

Alexander Perepilichny's body was discovered in November 2012 outside his rented house in southern England. He had been in possession of documents that allegedly blew the lid off a massive Russian tax fraud involving dirty money being funneled into Swiss bank accounts.

There were fears Perepilichny had been poisoned, and two autopsies carried out in November failed to establish cause of death.

Surrey Police said Friday no evidence of foul play was found and the matter has been formally passed to the coroner for an inquest.

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