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Interpol Rejects Moscow Bid To Locate British Fund Manager

Hermitage Capital investment fund CEO William Browder (file photo)
The international police agency Interpol has rejected a Russian push to include British millionaire William Browder on its international search list.

The CEO of the Hermitage Capital trust fund is accused of tax evasion and illegally acquiring $70 million worth of stock in Russian energy giant Gazprom.

Browder has said the charges against him are politically motivated.

The French-based agency said on May 24 that "the case was of a predominantly political nature" and therefore Interpol shouldn't be involved in helping Russia pursue Browder.

His inclusion in Interpol's database would have obliged its member countries to inform Russia about Browder's whereabouts.

Browder’s lawyer Sergei Magnitsky died in a Russian jail in 2009 after uncovering a massive fraud scheme in which public officials were implicated.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters