The head and co-founder of Hermitage Capital William Browder, who Russia arrested in absentia on charges of illegal purchase of 200 million shares of “Gazprom”, the tax evasion and deliberate bankruptcy of several companies, said that Russian President Vladimir Putin is the richest man in the world, reports Politico.
Thursday, July 27, the financier testified in the judiciary Committee of the U.S. Senate, which is investigating the alleged Russian intervention in the American presidential campaign of 2016. In the American Parliament Browder assessed the condition of Putin’s $ 200 billion.
According to him, the most important foreign policy goal of the Russian President is the repeal of the “Magnitsky act” adopted in the U.S. in 2012, and authorizing Washington to impose sanctions against Russian citizens and companies involved in gross violations of human rights.
As explained Browder, nearly “10 thousand working on the Putin people” engaged in the seizure of property, resorting to arrests, kidnapping, torture, and even murders, and all of them the President is a guarantee of impunity, and “the law Magnitsky” can disrupt these plans. On the basis of this document has already frozen the Bank accounts of many people around Putin, said Browder.
Testifying before the Senate, Browder stressed that the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, which met with a US President’s son Donald trump Jr. during the election campaign in the summer of 2016, worked directly on the Kremlin tried to influence the new administration of the White house with the aim of abolishing “the law Magnitsky”.
Veselnitskaya received wide acclaim in July with publication about her meeting with Donald trump Jr., trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and political strategist Paul Manafort, which took place in June 2016 in the Trump Tower skyscraper.
As reported, trump Jr. attempted to have Veselnitskaya dirt on Hillary Clinton about funding sources of the national Committee of the democratic party, but Veselnitskaya said that she has never had a damaging Clinton, and rejected accusations that it helped the Kremlin to influence the results of presidential elections in the United States.
11 July 2013, the Tver court of Moscow sentenced in absentia for William Browder to nine years in prison on charges of tax evasion amounting to more than 522 million rubles through falsifying tax returns and illegal use of benefits intended for the disabled. He was found complicit in the crime. Two weeks after that, Russia announced Browder on the international wanted list.
Browder and the head of the British company Firestone Duncan Jamison Firestone said that the employee of Fund Hermitage Capital Sergey Magnitsky died in a Moscow pre-trial detention on 16 November 2009, was arrested after he exposed corruption schemes involving some officials and employees of the interior Ministry.
In 2012, President Barack Obama signed the Magnitsky act, which provides for visa and financial sanctions against Russian officials involved, according to Washington, to the death of Magnitsky and to other violations of human rights. At the end of December 2016 Obama signed a law which gave the world the status of the “Magnitsky act”, which allowed to make in the sanctions list of citizens of any country, suspected by U.S. authorities of violating civil rights.
In January 2017 in the U.S. “Magnitsky list” was included the head of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation Alexander Bastrykin.