Convicted in absentia in Russia, Browder was allowed to enter the United States

William Browder

The founder of Hermitage Capital William Browder gave permission for entry into the United States under a special visa waiver program ESTA. On Tuesday, October 24, informs RIA Novosti news Agency with reference to representatives of customs and border protection of the United States.

“ESTA (electronic system of entry permits) to William Browder is still valid for travel to the United States. His ESTA has been approved manually, on 18 October, which gives him the opportunity to travel to the United States,” — said the Agency.

Monday, October 23, Browder said that Washington revoked his visa after Moscow issued an arrest warrant for him through Interpol.

ESTA is an element of the visa waiver program for citizens of 38 countries, including the UK, of which is Browder.

Hermitage Capital operated in Russia from 1996 to 2006. In 2005, Browder was denied entry into the country, and later it was in absentia sentenced to nine years on charges of tax evasion. Later it was reported that the Fund was engaged in lobbying of the Magnitsky act in the U.S. Congress. The document adopted in 2012 provides for introduction of sanctions against individuals suspected of involvement in the death of Hermitage Capital lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in a Moscow jail.