The Russian Tea Co., which owns brands like Starbucks and Nabisco, is known for its high-end, pricey lattes and pricey teas.
The company is the only one in the world that makes high-quality lattes, and it has the most profitable coffee in the global market.
The coffee company has also been credited with turning around the fortunes of some of the country’s most successful coffee companies, including KBC, which is the world’s biggest coffee roaster and the third-largest coffee producer in the U.S. But now the Russian company has been embroiled in a scandal that could be seen as a backlash against its former owners, a Russian-American billionaire and longtime business partner of President Vladimir Putin, Sergei Magnitsky, who died in a Russian prison in 2009 while investigating the Russian government’s alleged involvement in the death of a Russian lawyer.
Russian media outlets have reported that Magnitskys lawyer Sergei Magnitksy was killed by a Russian security agent who had been hired to spy on him, a claim that Magnitkys supporters have denied.
On Thursday, a U.N. panel of experts that reviewed Magnitskiys death concluded that the death was a result of torture and that the Russian authorities had failed to investigate the death, according to Reuters.
The Magnitskoys are now being investigated by Russian authorities in a separate case.
Russia’s state news agency RIA Novosti reported that the inquiry into Magnitsksy’s death is “looking into the possible collusion between the Russian security services and the Americans who murdered Mr. Magnitskaya.”
Russia has been accused of having a “pattern and practice” of using torture and other mistreatment to punish its political opponents and critics.
Magnitka is also the subject of a new U.K. book by former British police officer Mark Rowley, The Magnitkin Saga.
The book alleges that a British-based company that helped broker a $230 million deal to sell a U:K.
government-owned property to the Russian state-owned bank KEB had a secret $230 billion sale of a controlling stake in a company in Russia with links to Russian state interests that would be sold to the U:S.
government for the same amount.
The U.KS government denied the allegations in a statement to the New York Times on Thursday.
The Russian Embassy in London said in a tweet that “we are aware of reports that the UKB, a subsidiary of KEB, has been investigated by the Russian Government” in the past.