ロシアから指名手配の英国投資家ビル・ブラウダー スペインで拘束: ずくなしの冷や水

2018年07月18日

ロシアから指名手配の英国投資家ビル・ブラウダー スペインで拘束

これはスクリパル事件と関係あり?? とても興味深いです。すぐ釈放されたとの情報があります。

RT2018/5/30
UK investor Bill Browder wanted for fraud in Russia ‘detained’ in Spain
UK businessman Bill Browder has been apparently detained in Spain on a Russian arrest warrant. Browder tweeted the news from the back of a police car, but said he did not know where he was being taken.

“In the back of the Spanish police car going to the station on the Russian arrest warrant. They won’t tell me which station,” Browder tweeted.

In December 2017, a Moscow court sentenced Browder to nine years in prison in absentia for tax fraud.

In December 2017, a Moscow court sentenced Browder to nine years in prison in absentia for tax fraud. Browder was also found guilty of tax evasion in a separate case from 2013.

Browder, the CEO of Hermitage Capital, made billions during Russia’s chaotic and devastating ‘shock therapy’ in the 1990s. He renounced his American citizenship in 1998 to avoid having to pay US taxes, and became a British citizen. The UK does not have an extradition treaty with Russia, which was fortunate for Browder. His Russia visa was annulled in 2005 and he has not shown up in the country ever since.

Hermitage has been repeatedly investigated for tax fraud. When Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer hired by Hermitage, was found dead in his Moscow prison cell in 2009, Browder embarked on a global crusade to demonize Russia as a murderous dictatorship.

This resulted in the 2012 passage of the Magnitsky Act, which allows the US government to blacklist Russian officials “thought to be responsible” for Magnitsky’s death. In 2016, the law was expanded to have a global scope and blacklist any Russian officials for “corruption” or “human rights violations.” The move has repeatedly triggered protest from Moscow.

Browder’s vendetta against Russia has at times involved rather unseemly tactics: In April, he openly warned newly-appointed Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok that opposing the Magnitsky Act is a “career ruining position.” In response, Russia’s embassy in Canada tweeted: “Convicted criminal, fraudster and financial bandit @Billbrowder just threatened #Dutch @minbuza newly appointed minister by reminding him the fate of @AmbStephaneDion for being 'too soft on Russia'. Just wonder if it's not foreign meddling in internal affairs.”

RT2018/7/18
Russia wants to question Christopher Steele, Michael McFaul, top politicians for aiding Bill Browder
Russia’s prosecutor general will demand interviews with American congressmen, security services staff, and other high-profile individuals as it seeks to involve the US in its investigation into convicted financier Bill Browder.

Moscow accuses Browder of illegally taking $1.5 billion out of Russia and fabricating evidence that led to the passing of the sanctions-imposing Magnitsky Act. As part of the investigation, the prosecutor general wants to speak to ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele, author of the notorious Trump dossier, and former ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul, who campaigned on behalf of Browder.

Other persons of interest on what Russia said was an incomplete list included David Kramer, former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor and president of think tank Freedom House, and the billionaire Ziff brothers, who are described as "Browder's long-standing partners in crime."

This was announced by Aleksandr Kurennoy, the head of the mass media department of the prosecutor general’s office in Moscow, who said that Russia was ready to share its findings with US law enforcement agencies “on even terms.”

The announcement follows hot on the heels of a proposal made by Vladimir Putin during his press conference with Donald Trump in Helsinki on Monday, in which he offered to “meet US authorities half-way” and allow the Mueller investigation into Moscow’s election meddling to interview suspects in Russia, “on the condition” that Russian investigators could speak to suspects in the Browder investigation. Russia has previously tried to extradite Browder and gain access to others, but without success, though the businessman was briefly arrested in Spain in May, before being set free.

"Realizing that the Russian prosecutors wouldn't let go off him easily, Browder has tried to cultivate connections with political influencers in in the US, and this can be seen through the Ziff brothers, and their support for the Democratic Party in the last election," said Kurennoy, explaining the intertwining of business and politics that has led to the current investigation.

Browder has responded to Putin's words in the Washington Post, claiming that the Russian leader's offer meant he was “rattled” by Browder’s accusations of corruption against Moscow officials.

US-born Browder made a fortune as an investor in Russia, starting in the 1990s, but was barred from entering the country in 2005, and has since become an arch-critic of the Kremlin. His allegations over the treatment of one of his staff, Sergei Magnitsky, while in custody, led to the sanctioning of select Moscow officials in the 2012 Magnitsky Act, but the legislation has since been expanded and can be applied to any foreign official, who is deemed to have violated human rights.

Browder was convicted in Russia in absentia in 2013 for fraud and tax evasion, and again, at the end of last year.

The 54-year old investor has also been a prominent voice in the Mueller investigation itself, though it does not concern him directly, and he submitted a scathing testimony about Russia to the US Senate a year ago.
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