// Press Releases (in English)
Russian Government Employs Anti-Terrorist Unit to Search for Hermitage CEO in Retaliation for the US Magnitsky Act
April 22, 2013
The Anti-Terrorist Department (Department “T”) of the Russian Interior Ministry has been assigned to search for British citizen William Browder, who has been running a global campaign for justice after the killing of his lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in police custody.
The information about the involvement of the Russian Anti-Terrorist Department comes from court records in the latest initiative of the Russian Interior Ministry to seek an arrest warrant in absentia for William Browder. This is the second known request of an in absentia arrest warrant of a Westerner in contemporary Russian history. (more…)
Russian Interior Ministry Seeks Arrest Warrant for Bill Browder in Putin-directed Retaliation Against Magnitsky List
April 17, 2013
Today, the Russian Interior Ministry announced that they intend to seek a warrant to arrest Bill Browder, CEO of Hermitage Capital Management. The hearing to seek the warrant will take place at the Tverskoi District Court in Moscow at noon today. They will seek the arrest warrant in relation to spurious charges of “stealing” Gazprom shares in late 1990’s-early 2000’s and “interfering” in Gazprom’s strategic policies.
The materials for this new case have been separated by the Russian Interior Ministry from the posthumous case against Sergei Magnitsky, who is currently on trial in Russia in the first-ever posthumous trial in Russian history. This new case was opened a month after the Russian President Vladimir Putin promised to “delve deeper” into the Magnitsky case at a press conference on 20 December 2012, where he was questioned seven times about the Magnitsky affair and the ban on US adoptions of disabled Russian orphans, which was the official Russian Government response to the U.S. Magnitsky Law. (more…)
April 8, 2013
Today, 8 April at 7 pm the Moscow Sakharov Center will commemorate the 41st birthday of late whistle-blowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky with a cultural event devoted to his heroic fight for justice and the strength of his spirit in the face of physical and psychological repression in Russian police custody. (more…)
March 28, 2013
In advance of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s trip to Holland on 8 April 2013, today, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Dutch Parliament will hold today hearings on the state of human rights in Russia. William Browder, the head of the global campaign for justice for Sergei Magnitsky, will present to Dutch lawmakers the developments in the Magnitsky case and their wider implications for the breakdown of the rule of law in Russia. In his testimony, Mr Browder will renew calls for national and EU sanctions on the Russian officials involved.
“There is simply no good argument to allow those responsible for the torture and murder in police custody to come to Holland or be allowed to use the financial system here,” said William Browder. (more…)
Magnitsky’s Mother Asks Russian Press to Avoid Becoming an Accomplice in the Posthumous Trial of Her Son
March 27, 2013
Ahead of another day in the historic posthumous trial of Sergei Magnitsky in Moscow, Magnitsky’s mother has addressed the Russian press asking them to refrain from repeating false accusations that the state is making against her dead son. She called the trial today a “blasphemy” and “desecration of the memory of her son” organised in response to the Magnitsky Law passed in the United States. (more…)