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The lawyer for the family of a Russian attorney, who died following a corruption investigation, has been hospitalized in "critical" condition after falling from the fifth floor of an apartment building in Moscow, associates said.
Nikolai Gorokhov fell from a window on Tuesday, a day before he was supposed to represent the mother of Sergei Magnitsky, whose death has been a focal point in souring U.S.-Russian relations.
Magnitsky said he had uncovered a $230 million fraud scheme by Russian government officials, but was imprisoned and convicted posthumously after being accused of the same fraud.
Gorokhov, 53, was set to appear in court on Wednesday in continued court proceedings into the matter, but was “thrown from the top floor of his apartment building” and suffered severe head injuries...
A representative of Browder’s Hermitage Capital later told independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta that Gorokhov and workers had been trying to raise a bathtub to the fifth floor when a winch broke.
Beyond advocating for Magnitsky’s family, Gorokhov is also a key witness in U.S. prosecutors' case against Prevezon Holdings, according to Browder.
Prevezon is a Cyprus-based company allegedly used to store money from the $230 million Russian fraud scheme in Manhattan real estate.