Hermitage Director Receives Death Threat

Jul 8 2010 | 1:29pm ET

In the wake of news that none of the police involved in Hermitage Capital Management lawyer Sergei Magnitsky’s death will be charged, a director at the hedge fund has received another death threat.

The Hermitage employee, who wishes to remain anonymous, has led the hedge fund’s efforts to demonstrate the alleged corruption in Russia, and follows the posting of a video on YouTube about the lavish lifestyle of one police official, who Hermitage says defrauded it of US$230 million and is allegedly linked to Magnitsky’s death.

“I am coming for you,” a digitally-disguised voice said on a voicemail message received last Saturday in the early morning hours, The Telegraph reports. “I am going for you, motherfucker.”

The death threat, which has been turned over to Scotland Yard, comes after a series of death threats were sent to another Hermitage employee before Magnitsky’s death in November, followed by a celebratory message after it.

Russia has accused Hermitage of a US$16.9 million tax evasion. Hermitage, once the largest foreign investor in the country, says Russian Interior Ministry officials defrauded the hedge fund of US$230 million.

According to Hermitage, the Saturday death threat came from an unregistered Russian phone number, “which typically belong to the Russian intelligence services.”

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