Alexander Dolmatov, a suspect in the Bolotnaya Square protest case who committed suicide in the Netherlands, did not do so due to the Dutch authorities' refusal to grant him political asylum, Dutch embassy official Onno Enderenbosh said.
"His mother's letter was found. It's a personal letter, and we cannot disclose the details. However, we can say that this letter makes it clear that the asylum denial is not the reason for his suicide," Enderenbosh told reporters on Friday.
"The Dutch government is shocked by the news of Dolmatov's death. The Dutch police and doctors have conducted an investigation, which confirms that he committed suicide," he said.
"I also have to say that his mother and his letter to his mother are his personal affairs, and we cannot give information about that. Further information can be obtained from the Dutch Justice Ministry," Enderenbosh said.
Enderenbosh said the Dutch embassy cannot disclose the information on the provision of political asylum to Dolmatov by the Netherlands.
Dolmatov, a leading builder with a Russian defense enterprise and a suspect in the Bolotnaya Square protest case, left for the Netherlands, where he requested political asylum. On Thursday, it was reported that he had committed suicide after learning that his request for political asylum had been declined.
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