Russian whistleblower 'may have been poisoned with tainted soup' but stomach evidence was flushed away, court hears

A Russian whistleblower could have been poisoned with tainted sorrel soup, but key evidence about his last meal was “flushed away” hours after his death, a court heard.

A lawyer also said it was “almost incredible” police had not taken a statement from the widow of Alexander Perepilichnyy, 44. He died after collapsing near his luxury home in Surrey in November 2012, following a lunch with his wife that day.

The businessman’s death was originally attributed to natural causes, but traces of a chemical that can be found in the poisonous plant Gelsemium elegans were later found in his

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