The British investigation dossier Browder was closed because of pressure from above

The British investigation dossier Browder was closed because of pressure from above

The former head of the anticorruption unit of the National Agency for the fight against crime in the UK John Benton admitted that the local foreign Ministry ordered him to stop the investigation dossier of William Browder about the laundering of Russian money in London. He told this in an interview with The Telegraph.


“Bill Browder gave me a 37-page dossier on money laundering in London. We did their investigation and found enough evidence to open a case. We were sure that it is Russian money and it is obtained by fraud and corruption, the victim of which was Browder,” said Benton.

According to Benton, one of his direct supervisors, which has extensive connections in the British foreign office, soon summoned him to the meeting, during which announced the closure of the investigation, but also said that Browder, a British investor and a fighter against corruption, will only bring him problems.

The investigation initiated by Benton, touched 23 million pounds laundered in London criminal gang, according to Browder associated with the Russian authorities is guilty of death working for the British investor of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. He died in a Russian prison in November 2009, after which the United States adopted the Magnitsky act with sanctions against individuals responsible for violation of human rights and the rule of law in Russia.

Speaking in the British Parliament with a speech about the case Browder was named head of the group of businessman Dmitry Klyuev, who, together with accomplices from the highest echelons of the Russian law enforcement and tax authorities allegedly intended to steal a total of 176 million pounds from the Fund Hermitage Capital, founded by the British.