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Russia drops charges in lawyer's prison death
Russian investigators drop charges against doctor over the death in prison of lawyer Magnitsky
By The Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) ' Russia's top investigative body says it's dropped charges against a doctor suspected of involvement in the death of prominent lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.

The Investigative Committee said Monday that it closed a probe against Larisa Litvinova, chief physician at the Butyrskaya prison in Moscow because of the statue of limitations. She and the prison's deputy chief Dmitry Kratov were suspected of negligence that led to Magnitsky's death.

Magnitsky, who had accused the Interior Ministry officials of using false tax documents to steal $230 million from the state was imprisoned for tax evasion in 2008 and died of untreated pancreatitis in Nov. 2009. Magnitsky's death was seen as a litmus case for President Dmitry Medvedev's pledge to cement rule of law in Russia.

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