“Russia Requests Interpol Warrant for Hermitage Capital Boss”

July 25, 2013

RIA Novosti on July 25, 2013 released the following:

“MOSCOW, July 25 (RIA Novosti) – Russia has officially asked Interpol to put Hermitage Capital equity fund head William Browder on an international wanted list, following his earlier sentencing in absentia, the Interior Ministry said Thursday.

“On orders by the Prosecutor General’s Office, the Russian branch of Interpol has sent a request to the Interpol General Secretariat to issue an international search warrant for British citizen Browder William Felix, born in 1964,” the ministry said in a statement.

The statement said Browder had been sought on charges of grand fraud and tax evasion involving illegal purchase of Gazprom shares.

Browder was tried in absentia by a Moscow court in July and was sentenced to nine years in jail and banned from doing business in Russia for three years.

The case against Browder stated that he “ran companies that took part in the purchase of Gazprom shares in 1999-2004 at domestic-market prices, circumventing a ban on their sale to foreigners.” The court also ruled that “he tried to get access to the company’s financial reporting documents” and to influence decision-making via the board of directors.

In May, Moscow requested Interpol to issue a “blue notice” for Browder, requiring all 190 member states to “collect additional information about a person’s identity, location or activities in relation to a crime.”

However, the Interpol General Secretariat rejected the request, citing “a predominantly political nature” of the case against Browder.”

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“Interpol rejects Russia’s ‘political’ case against fund manager Browder”

June 4, 2013

Reuters UK on May 25, 2013 released the following:

By Jason Bush

“MOSCOW, May 25 – Interpol has refused to include UK-based fund manager William Browder on its international search list after deciding that Russia’s tax evasion case against him is “of a predominantly political nature”.

The decision is the latest twist in a long-running battle between the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Browder, whose investment company Hermitage Capital was once the largest investor in Russia’s equity market.

Browder has spearheaded an international campaign to expose corruption and human rights violations in Russia following the death in 2009 of Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer working for Hermitage who was investigating a $230 million tax fraud.

Magnitsky was arrested shortly after alleging that Russian officials were involved in the fraud, and later died in prison while awaiting trial, causing an international uproar.

An Interpol committee on Friday “concluded that the case was of a predominantly political nature” and deleted all information about Browder from its files, it said in a statement posted on its website.

Inclusion in the Lyon, France-based Interpol’s database would have facilitated Russia’s request for member countries to monitor Browder’s whereabouts, enabling Russia to issue an international arrest warrant to the country concerned.

The 190-nation police organisation said it had no further comment to make on the case.

“For Interpol to judge this case as being illegitimate and political is highly significant, and just goes to show how far the Putin regime has stepped over the line in the Magnitsky case, and a lot of other cases as well,” Browder told Reuters on Saturday.

The U.S. government in April issued a list of Russian officials subject to visa bans and asset freezes in the United States because of alleged involvement in human rights violations under the Magnitsky Act, prompting Moscow to respond with its own list of banned Americans.

Days later, a Moscow court ordered Browder’s arrest and placed him on Russia’s international wanted list.

Russian prosecutors have accused both Browder and Magnitsky of conspiring to underpay taxes by $16 million by using tax breaks for disabled employees. Their supporters have said the charges are trumped up.

A posthumous trial of Magnitsky started in March.

Alexei Pushkov, the head of the foreign affairs committee of Russia’s parliamentary lower house, told Interfax news agency on Saturday that Browder had “mobilised significant political resources” to have Russia’s request rejected.

“I think some influential quarters have put pressure on Interpol,” Pushkov said.

Browder is presently lobbying European governments to follow the United States in imposing sanctions against Russian officials.

“The objective of the Russian government was to paralyse my European Magnitsky sanctions campaign by making it impossible to travel without fear of being arrested,” he said.

(This version of the story corrects paragraph six to make clear that the countries are not obliged to act on information provided by Interpol.)

(Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)”

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“INTERPOL statement following decision by independent Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files”

May 29, 2013

INTERPOL on May 24, 2013 released the following:

“LYON, France – The INTERPOL General Secretariat has deleted all information in relation to William Browder following a recommendation by the independent Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files (CCF).

At its session today, Friday 24 May, the CCF studied a complaint brought before it by Mr Browder and concluded that the case was of a predominantly political nature and recommended that all information be deleted from INTERPOL’s databases.

Immediately upon receipt of the CCF’s decision, the INTERPOL General Secretariat followed their recommendation.

In addition, the General Secretariat has informed all member countries which had received the diffusion in relation to Mr Browder of the CCF’s findings and recommendation.

INTERPOL has no further comment to make on this individual case.”

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