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Interpol Again Rejects Russian Request

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The General Secretariat of Interpol has announced that Russia could not use Interpol to arrest William Browder, CEO and co-founder of Hermitage Capital, who was running a campaign to bring Russian officials responsible for the death of whistleblower Sergey Magnitsky to justice. A day earlier, Russia sent a search request to Interpol on Mr Browder.

In May 2013, Interpol found that the Russian proceedings in relation to Mr Browder were “of a predominantly political nature” and “contrary to Interpol’s rules and regulations.” Consequently, Interpol deleted all information related to the Russian request pertaining to Mr Browder from its information systems and informed all its member countries accordingly.

A Hermitage Capital representative said: “It is remarkable that Putin has become so desperate to persecute whistleblowers that he is ready to humiliate himself and Russia in front of key international organisations.” William Browder said “both the speed and publicity of Interpol’s reaction were an indication of how far Russia had stepped over the line in this case.”


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