Inquest into Russian whistleblower's UK death to open Feb 29

A British coroner has set Feb. 29 as the opening date for an inquest into the death of a Russian businessman who was helping investigate an alleged $230 million money-laundering fraud against a London hedge fund.

Alexander Perepilichny, 44, collapsed and died in November 2012 while jogging near his house in southern England. He had provided investigators with documents on an alleged scheme by Russian officials to defraud Hermitage Capital.

Two autopsies failed to establish a cause of death, though police said there was no evidence to suggest foul play.

At a hearing Wednesday in Woking, south of London, coroner Richard Travers said he was "determined" the long-delayed inquest would begin next month.

British inquests are held to establish the facts in cases of violent or unexplained death.