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In Spain, at the request of the Russian Interpol bureau, the initiator of the law of Magnitsky, William Browder

Updated: the police released Browder because of an expired warrant issued by Russia.

William Browder. Photo by Drew Engerer, Getty Images
William Browder. Photo by Drew Engerer, Getty Images

The Madrid police detained William Browder, a British financier, head of the Hermitage Capital investment fund and head of the international campaign for justice named after Sergei Magnitsky. He was presented with an arrest warrant issued by the Russian national bureau of Interpol.

“Urgent: Just was arrested by the Spanish police in Madrid on a warrant from the Russian Interpol. Now I’m going to the police station ”

“In the back seat of the Spanish police car, we go to the police station on the Russian warrant for arrest. They do not tell me which part of the site “

Updated at 12:15: The Spanish police released Browder after testifying. It turned out that the warrant for his arrest had expired.

“Good news. The Spanish National Police just released me after the Interpol general secretary in Lyon advised them not to pay attention to the new request of the Russian bureau. This is the sixth time that Russia has abused [its rights] in Interpol against me ”

“This is the warrant for arrest”

William “Bill” Browder is the initiator of the adoption of the Magnitsky Act in the United States, Britain, Canada and the Baltic countries. Russian media repeatedlyaccused Browder of involvement in the death of Sergei Magnitsky, who discovered the embezzlement of the Russian budget of about 5.5 billion rubles in taxes on the income of the Hermitage Capital subsidiaries.

In 2013 and 2017, Russian courts twice found the financier guilty of deliberate bankruptcy and tax evasion for more than three and a half billion rubles. Both times Browder was sentenced in absentia to nine years of imprisonment in the colony, and also collecting more than four billion rubles in the address of the victims.

After Russia’s first request, the Interpol General Secretariate removed all information about Browder from its archives, recognizing the criminal persecution of the businessman as “politically motivated”. For the second time, Russia itself broughtBrowder to the list of international search, taking advantage of its right of unilateral decision.

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