Alexander Litvinenko 2.0:
A WEALTHY Russian banker who died with traces of a lethal exotic plant in his body was poisoned in Paris in an international assassination, it is claimed.
He is said to have fallen foul of President Vladimir Putin by whistle-blowing on corruption among Moscow’s power elite – vast sums were being skimmed off as part of a £163.5million tax scam.
French detectives have now been instructed by an investigating magistrate to look into his death.
Hours after returning from Paris in November 2012 Alexander Perepilichny, 44, collapsed and died while jogging near his rented home in the exclusive St George’s Hill estate in Weybridge, Surrey.
London-based Bill Browder, whose Hermitage investment fund was expelled from Moscow after falling foul of the Putin regime, says he was killed.
Mr Browder’s staff were given explosive documents by Mr Perepilichny which named corrupt officials involved.
Mr Browder travelled to Paris last Wednesday to give evidence in person.
Full article: Wealthy Russian whistleblower ‘poisoned’ in Paris after corruption fall-out with Putin (Express)