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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Interior Ministry Asks Interpol To Put Browder on Wanted List

The Interior Ministry said Friday that it has asked Interpol to put William Browder, once one of Russia’s largest foreign investors, on an international wanted list as part of an investigation into a $16.9 million tax evasion.

Browder, who is chief executive of Hermitage Capital Management, was stopped at a Moscow airport in 2005 and deported on national security grounds.

Browder has accused senior Russian government officials, judges, security officials and private citizens of stealing large sums from his fund, and the case against him has spooked many foreign investors.

The Interior Ministry has put Browder on its wanted list, and the investigator in his case could present charges within a few days, said ministry spokeswoman Irina Dudukina.

The ministry may then request a court to issue an arrest warrant for Browder, she said, but conceded it was unlikely that he would be sent to Russia from Britain, where he now lives.

“The chances that he will be extradited to Russia are very small since Great Britain is refusing to extradite even our own citizens,” she said.

A spokesman for Hermitage said the Interior Ministry had often failed to follow its public statements of intent and he would not comment on hypothetical steps. Browder had been already put on a search list in April 2008 and nothing further happened after a flurry of dramatic announcements at that time, the Hermitage spokesman said. “The whole purpose of this activity is to try to take attention away from the fact that certain Interior Ministry officials have been involved in a theft of $230 million from the Russian state,” the spokesman said.

In July, Hermitage Capital Management won the right to subpoena records of major U.S. banks to help track $230 million that it claims was stolen by Russian officials and laundered through New York, U.S. court documents say.