Bloomberg: Firestone Flees Moscow ‘Mafia’ Police as Browder Affair Widens

February 19, 2010

Jamison Firestone, who spent 18 years helping U.S. companies navigate Russia’s legal system, said he fled the country because he’s the next target of “mafia” law-enforcement officials he says were responsible for the death of his colleague Sergei Magnitsky.

Firestone, 44, a U.S. citizen and former board member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia, said Interior Ministry officials made two attempts to obtain $21 million in taxes that a company he’s a director of paid to the government. He said the perpetrators forged his signature and corporate seals to seek tax rebates, similar to the $230 million in claims made by funds expropriated from Hermitage Capital Management, a $1 billion investment firm run by his client William Browder.

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Ведомости: Юрист убежал от налогов

February 19, 2010

Схема похищения налогов из бюджета, использованная в нашумевшем деле Hermitage, была применена снова, утверждает директор Firestone Duncan Джемисон Файерстоун, на которого работал погибший в тюрьме Сергей Магнитский. Опасаясь за свою свободу, он покинул Россию

Основатель юркомпании Firestone Duncan Джемисон Файерстоун в интервью Bloomberg обвинил ряд сотрудников органов внутренних дел в попытке незаконно возместить из бюджета $21 млн с помощью управляемой им самим компании, а Генпрокуратуру и МВД — в нежелании реагировать на эти факты.

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Businessweek: Deadly Business in Moscow

February 19, 2010

An American lawyer’s experience underscores the lawlessness outsiders operating in Russia can face.

Jamison Firestone was at his desk when the commotion began. On the morning of June 4, 2007, the American attorney heard loud voices coming from the reception area of his law firm, Firestone Duncan, on Krasnoproletarskaya Street in Moscow. He went out to investigate and was greeted by two dozen officers from the Russian Interior Ministry.

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Bloomberg: Jamie Firestone Calls Russian Police System ‘Corrupt’

February 18, 2010

Jamison Jamie Firestone, managing partner of the law firm Firestone Duncan, talks with Bloombergs Deirdre Bolton and Erik Schatzker about his allegations of corruption within Russia’s police force and the death of his employee, Sergei Magnitsky, who was arrested and died in jail after testifying against police officers. Firestone also discusses his reasons for fleeing the country. (Source: Bloomberg)

Dmitri Medvedev’s Glasnost: The Pudding and the Proof

February 15, 2010

“Conduct a swift public investigation into the torture and, in effect, judicial murder of the lawyer Sergei Magnitsky and prosecute those who ordered them. An outside counsel to Hermitage Capital Management, formerly the largest foreign investment firm in Russia, Magnitsky dared to investigate the illegal takeover of Hermitage and the bilking of the Russian state out of $230 million in a fraudulent “tax refund.” Charged, like virtually all the opponents of the regime, with “tax evasion,” he died in pretrial detention in horrible pain from pancreatitis and gallbladder disease, which the prison authorities refused to allow to be treated, in an apparent effort by the prosecution to coerce Magnitsky to commit perjury and admit guilt.25 Thus far, Medvedev has fired only prison officials. Yet, just like a “tax refund” scam on so giant a scale, the orders to torture could have come only from officials high up in the tax police, perhaps even from within the Kremlin hierarchy.”

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