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Russian whistle-blower's lawyer injured in balcony fall

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2009 file photo, Nataliya Magnitskaya, mother of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky who died in jail, holds a photo of her son as she speaks during an interview with the AP in Moscow. Nilokai Govorkov, the lawyer hired by the family of Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian whistleblower who died in jail, has been injured in a fall from his Moscow apartment Tuesday, March 21, 2017. He is now in hospital with serious head injuries, according to a statement from William Browder, Magnitsky's former employer. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2009 file photo, Nataliya Magnitskaya, mother of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky who died in jail, holds a photo of her son as she speaks during an interview with the AP in Moscow. Nilokai Govorkov, the lawyer hired by the family of Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian whistleblower who died in jail, has been injured in a fall from his Moscow apartment Tuesday, March 21, 2017. He is now in hospital with serious head injuries, according to a statement from William Browder, Magnitsky's former employer. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)  (The Associated Press)

A lawyer hired by the family of Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian whistleblower who died in jail, has been injured in a fall from his Moscow apartment.

Nikolai Gorokhov, 53, reportedly plunged from his-fourth floor apartment Tuesday as a crane was lifting a large bathtub into his home. He is now in hospital with serious head injuries, according to a statement from William Browder, Magnitsky's former employer.

Gorokhov was due to represent Magnitsky's mother Wednesday in a Moscow court and is a witness in a U.S. money laundering case.

Russian news agency Interfax quoted an unnamed law enforcement officer Wednesday as saying the case had no "criminal element".

Magnitsky died in a Moscow prison at the age of 37 after accusing officials of stealing $230 million via tax rebates.