Sergei Magnitsky verdict ímost shameful moment since Staliní
2013-07-11 0:00

By Miriam Elder | The Guardian

Russian posthumous trial of tax whistleblower is condemned by head of company defrauded of $230m

The courtroom cage in Moscow stood empty on Thursday as a judge found the late whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky and his London-based employer guilty of tax evasion in a move likened to Stalin-era justice.

The case against the two defendants Ė Magnitsky, allowed to die an excruciating death in prison in 2009, and William Browder, banned from entering Russia since 2005 Ė has come to symbolise the brutality of Russiaís system and the penalties incurred by those who uncovering official wrongdoing.

Sergei Magnitsky in 2006.

Magnitsky, a lawyer hired by Browderís London-based Hermitage Capital Management fund, uncovered a $230m (£150m) tax fraud scheme run by a host of Russian interior ministry and tax officials using documents stolen in a raid on Hermitage Capital. Magnitsky and Browder were then charged with running the fraud themselves.

Magnitsky was thrown into one of Russiaís harshest pre-trial detention centres, repeatedly denied medical care and allowed to die. A presidential human-rights commission later found evidence that he was tortured.

Many of the officials involved in the alleged fraud the lawyer uncovered received promotions and awards.

Thursdayís verdict was the culmination of a year-long effort to discredit Magnitsky, and Browder, who has waged a global campaign to punish top Kremlin officials for the formerís death.

He successfully lobbied the US government to adopt a "Magnitsky list" that bans officials involved in the fraud from entering the US or keeping bank accounts there. Moscow retaliated by banning Americans from adopting Russian children.

Magnitsky was spared a posthumous jail sentence after a Moscow judge acknowledged that he was already dead. Browder was sentenced to nine years in absentia, and banned from doing business in Russia for three years.

"The Russian government is effectively a criminal regime now," Browder said by telephone from London He he has been living in the UK since being denied entry into Russia after landing at Moscowís Sheremetyevo airport in November 2005 on the grounds he was a threat to national security.

Once Russiaís largest portfolio investor, and one of President Vladimir Putinís biggest foreign fans, Browder appeared to have run afoul of the Kremlin after picking up stakes in some of the countryís largest state-run companies.

"Doing business in Russia means either youíve effectively become part of a criminal regime or a victim of a criminal regime," Browder said.


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