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Putin critic Bill Browder arrested in Madrid

Putin critic Bill Browder arrested in Madrid

British-American financier Bill Browder says he has been arrested in Spain on a Russia Interpol arrest warrant. "'They won't tell me which station", Mr Browder added.

Browder said in another message: "Just was arrested by Spanish police in Madrid on a Russian Interpol arrest warrant. Going to the police station right now", Browder wrote.

Russian Federation has labeled Browder a national security threat, banned him from the country in 2005 and tried him in absentia for tax evasion in 2013.

Browder is the CEO and co-founder of Hermitage Capital management, and had employed lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who died in Russian custody in 2009 who had exposed how the company was victim of massive fraud.

Browder led one of the biggest investment funds in Russian Federation for 10 years before he left the country and was barred entry in 2006 as a threat to national security.

His death prompted Browder, once the largest foreign portfolio investor in Russian Federation, to work with the US Congress to pass the Magnitsky Act, which levied targeted sanctions against powerful players in Russian Federation and has infuriated Putin.

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In 2016, the Council of Europe criticised Russia's attempts to seek Browder's arrest through Interpol, calling the efforts "abuses" of the system. Browder confirmed his release on social media.

Russian state investigators a year ago separately named Browder as the suspect responsible for the mysterious deaths of three men linked to a massive £174m tax-fraud scheme discovered by Magnitsky and believed to have involved Russian officials.

Interpol had previously refused to enforce a similar 2013 sentence for Mr Browder, deeming it "predominantly political in nature".

Since then, Mr Browder has campaigned for investigations into the alleged fraud. In 2013, Browder had been sentenced to the same term in a separate case, but the aggregate term is the same nine years of imprisonment.

Mr Perepilichnyy had been helping Mr Browder's Hermitage Capital Investment expose a £142 million money-laundering operation.


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