True causes of Russian opposition activist Dolmatov's suicide must established - Lavrov

Russia wants to learn the truth about the suicide of opposition activist Alexander Dolmatov in the Netherlands, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a press conference dedicated to last year's results.

Lavrov said he spoke to the Netherlands ambassador on Tuesday and the ambassador said that investigation was a priority.

"We are preparing documents to transport the body to the home country. The Netherlands said the procedure would take about one and a half weeks. We will insist on establishing the truth," Lavrov said.

Alexander Dolmatov, a designer of a Russian defense plant and a suspect in the Bolotnaya Square disturbances, asked for political asylum in the Netherlands. He committed suicide on Jan. 17 after the Netherlands authorities had refused to grant his request.

Netherlands Embassy minister Onno Elderenbosch said that the denial of political asylum was not the real reason for the Dolmatov suicide. A letter from his mother has been found; this is a personal letter and its details cannot be disclosed, but it is obvious from the letter that the suicide was not caused by the denied asylum, Elderenbosch told reporters.

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