Russia says Browder created international crime group and poisoned Magnitsky

Russia says Browder created international crime group and poisoned Magnitsky
Bill Browder

Another international arrest warrant is going to be issued for the hedge fund manager.

Bill Browder, the head of Hermitage Capital, is being checked for involvement in the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in a Moscow detention center, said the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation. Magnitsky and the other accomplices in Browder’s crimes could have been poisoned with “sabotage chemicals with aluminum compounds,” the agency said.

In addition, a new case has been opened against Browder under Art. 210 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (creation of a criminal group): companies in Cyprus, Latvia and Switzerland laundered hundreds of millions of dollars.

Another international arrest warrant is going to be issued for Browder; his property will be attached. Meanwhile, in the fall of 2017, Interpol allegedly advised all countries to ignore Russia’s arrest warrants on the Browder case. This was stated in a publication by the radio station Voice of America.

Russia twice sentenced Browder in absentia to nine years in prison on charges of tax evasion, fraud, and deliberate bankruptcy. Russia has been seeking the arrest of the British businessman since 2013, but Interpol’s General Secretariat has rejected the country’s requests each time. According to Interpol, the Browder case is politically motivated.

Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer who claimed Russian officials had stolen 5 billion rubles ($73.4 billion) in 2008, worked for Browder’s company. After the claims, Magnitsky was arrested in a tax evasion case against the hedge fund and died in a pre-trial detention center in 2009. Later, the United States and Canada adopted so-called Magnitsky laws that banned entry in the countries for those the American and Canadian authorities believe to have been involved in human rights violations in Russia.

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