Investigation of cases opened over Magnitsky's statements suspended - source

Law enforcement authorities have indefinitely suspended the investigation into criminal cases opened over statements of Hermitage Capital auditor Sergei Magnitsky and his colleagues, a source familiar with the matter told Interfax.

Law enforcement authorities have indefinitely suspended the investigation into criminal cases opened over statements of Hermitage Capital auditor Sergei Magnitsky and his colleagues, a source familiar with the matter told Interfax.

"The preliminary investigation has been suspended due to no identification of persons eligible to be held as defendants," the source said.

The case materials have a relevant resolution, the source said.

Magnitsky and his colleagues sought to hold a number of Moscow law enforcement officers and regulatory agency employees liable for economic crimes.

The cases have been opened under the articles on abuse of power with serious consequences and especially large-scale fraud, the source said.

Interfax does not have an official confirmation of this information.

It has been reported that Magnitsky and, following his death, Jamison Firestone claimed that a number of officials had inflicted damage of over 5 billion rubles ($142 million) to the Russian budget.

Magnitsky, Hermitage Capital employee and partner in the British law firm Firestone Duncan Ltd, was arrested on the accusation of tax evasion and died in a Moscow detention facility on November 16, 2009. Magnitsky's colleagues - William Browder and Firestone - said back then that Magnitsky was arrested after he revealed corruption schemes, in which some officials and state employees were involved.

Meanwhile, on July 11, 2013 Moscow's Tverskoy Court sentenced Browder in absentia to nine years over the case on not payment of taxes of over 522 million rubles ($14.8 milion) by falsifying tax declarations and illegal use of benefits meant for disabled people. The court has found the late Magnitsky guilty of the same crime.

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