Even if American legislators agree to a broader application of sanctions against HR violators it still would not be used against officials from countries that are allies with the US, the head of the State Duma’s Foreign Relations Committee asserts.
Great Britain was the only state that refused to fulfill the official request of Russian law enforcers in the search for William Browder, the former head of an investment fund wanted for embezzlement and tax evasion.
Moscow is demanding an explanation from Interpol as to why it rejected the country’s request to put Sergey Magnitsky’s former boss William Browder, sentenced in Russia to nine years’ jail for tax evasion, on the international wanted list.
Fugitive CEO of Hermitage Capital investment company, William Browder, has been put on the international wanted list by Moscow, with a request to Interpol’s secretariat pending. Browder was earlier sentenced to nine years in jail for tax evasion.
Moscow City Court has upheld the acquittal of former deputy head of the Butyrka detention center Dmitry Kratov, who had been accused of negligence that led to the death of Sergey Magnitsky, a lawyer for Hermitage Capital.
President Vladimir Putin has stressed that Sergey Magnitsky’s death was not due to malicious intent. The Council of Judges also ruled the US ‘Magnitsky List’ was politicized and groundless, as the US had no access to documents relevant to the case.
A Moscow court has authorized the arrest of William Browder, the head of the UK-based Hermitage Capital fund, in absentia, after he “refused to cooperate” with the investigation. Sergey Mangtisky’s former boss is set to appeal the warrant.