Khodorkovsky urges not to disclose Verzilov's information on CAR tragedy

Khodorkovsky urges not to disclose Verzilov's information on CAR tragedy
Mikhail Khodorkovsky Photo: Matt Dunham / Reuters

According to the businessman, the disclosure of the data may expose the investigators' lives to danger.

Businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky called on all investigators of the murder of Russian journalists in the Central African Republic not to disclose the information received, as this may expose their lives at risk. The entrepreneur made such statements, commenting on the poisoning of activist and publisher of Mediazona Pyotr Verzilov in an interview with MBK Media.

Khodorkovsky noted that he is aware of several groups that are investigating the murder in the CAR. The investigation center under the guidance of the businessman is located in London. The businessman rejected Verzilov’s support because of the high risks.

In Moscow, Khodorkovsky has several employees who carry out separate assignments. According to the businessman, one of them faced "an awful provocation with the accusation of gathering information to prepare a terrorist attack against Putin." In this regard, the employee was recommended to leave Russia. At the same time, the investigators became aware of the death of one of the witnesses in the CAR case.

According to Khodorkovsky, Verzilov conducted an independent investigation, which led him "to the same people" as the employees of the businessman found. "I want to warn that the situation is hazardous, and the announcement of real names, instead of the conditional ones, may result in death," Khodorkovsky said.

Pyotr Verzilov was hospitalized on September 11 in Moscow with severe impairment of vision, speech, and coordination. From the very beginning, there were suggestions that the activist could be poisoned. Doctors in Germany, where Verzilov was brought for rehabilitation, follow the same version. In this case, doctors stressed that at present it is almost impossible to establish the cause of poisoning.

On September 18, Novaya Gazeta reported that Verzilov had participated in the investigation into the deaths of journalists from the Centre for Investigations Management (TsUR) in the CAR. The publisher of Mediazona closely friends with the director Alexander Rastorguyev. He managed to contact foreign specialists who worked at the site of the death of the Russian film crew.

Verzilov's colleague and ex-wife Nadezhda Tolokonnikova later told the Dozhd television channel that she found out that on October 10 he received a report from a man who helped him in the investigation of the death of journalists. According to Tolokonnikova, Verzilov said that he received "sensational information" related to Emmanuel, who was the ‘fixer’ for the killed journalists.

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