A court in Moscow sentenced Browder to nine years in prison

A court in Moscow sentenced Browder to nine years in prison

MOSCOW, 29 Dec — RIA Novosti. The Tver court of Moscow sentenced in absentia to nine years in prison the founder of Hermitage Capital of William Browder for tax evasion, reports the correspondent of RIA Novosti news from the courtroom.

The court also sought him and Ivan Cherkasov (the second defendant — Approx. ed.) more than 4.2 billion rubles.

Sam Browder a fugitive from Russian law enforcement agencies, so the trial was held in absentia. The lawyer insisted on the innocence of the defendant.

In 2013, a Russian court sentenced Browder to nine years in prison on charges of tax fraud.

William Browder 1995-2007 was the largest foreign portfolio investor in Russia. Britain refused to extradite businessman, who returned to the United States, openly criticized Moscow. Browder is charged with the organization of tax evasion, the organisation of deliberate bankruptcy and attempted failure to perform duties of a tax agent. According to the lawyer, the charges include the episodes with the bankruptcy of the company “Distant steppe” and a conclusion abroad of shares of the company “Gazprom”.

The consequence has estimated the General damage from actions of Browder and his business partner Cherkasova 3.5 billion. Both men declared in the international search and living in London.