A whistleblower allegedly murdered in Surrey by Russian assassins has been linked to a lawyer named in the investigation of Kremlin interference in Donald Trump’s election campaign. Alexander Perepilichnyy was a key witness for Swiss prosecutors investigating an alleged tax fraud involving Russian officials when he died while jogging near his Weybridge mansion in 2012.Two months before he collapsed, vomiting “greeny-yellow” liquid, information from him allowed the Swiss attorney-general to freeze the assets of Denis Katsyv, son of a former Moscow official. Katsyv was also accused of laundering profits from the £150m tax fraud by buying properties in New York.Katsyv hired Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer who met Donald Trump Jr and Jared Kushner, the president’s son and son-in-law, in June last year to discuss Hillary Clinton, his election rival. The US case against Katsyv was settled for $6m (£4.4m) this year and the Russian admitted no guilt.
Many suspect Alexander Perepilichnyy was murdered.
The British government is suppressing explosive intelligence that Alexander Perepilichnyy, a financier who exposed a vast financial crime by Russian government officials, was likely assassinated on the direct orders of Vladimir Putin. Perepilichnyy, who faced repeated threats after fleeing to Britain, was found dead outside his home in Surrey after returning from a mysterious trip to Paris in 2012. Despite an expert detecting signs of a fatal plant poison in his stomach, the British police have insisted there was no evidence of foul play, and Theresa May’s government has invoked national security powers to withhold evidence from the inquest into his cause of death – which is ongoing.