MOSCOW, January 17 - RAPSI. Presidential human rights council will discuss a complaint from Sergei Magnitsky's relatives about the Interior Ministry's pressure and will try to help them, council member Kirill Kabanov told RIA Novosti.
"We will hold the council's working group meeting soon," said Kabanov emphasizing that the human activists will try to influence the situation and help the relatives.
Magnitsky, who was accused of corporate tax evasion in relation to his work for the investment fund, died in an investigative isolation ward in November 2009. According to the Prosecutor General's Office, his death was caused by cardiovascular insufficiency.
The criminal case against Magnitsky was terminated by the Investigative Committee due to his death, but the Prosecutor General's Office decided to resume the investigation. Magnitsky's relatives have demanded that the case against him be dropped.
Physician Larisa Litvinova and penitentiary system official Dmitry Kratov are suspects in the case of Magnitsky's death.
Hermitage Capital Management fund has published a 100-page report titled "The Torture and Murder of Sergei Magnitsky and the Cover-up by the Russian Government". The report was provided to the presidential human rights council. It contains documents evidencing that all the government authorities denied Magnitsky's complaints throughout the year while he was in custody and later concealed his complaints and their responsibility for taking his freedom, health and life.
In response, the Interior Ministry's investigative department spokeswoman Angela Kastuyeva stated that part of the information carried in the report is false or distorted.
The presidential human rights council analyzed the case at Dmitry Medvedev's instruction and provided its conclusions to the president.