One of the recent most controversial criminal cases may be terminated in the near future. The case on tax evasion against William Browder, the investment fund Hermitage Capital manager, was presented to the Central Federal District General Directorate of the Ministry of the Interior to review further investigation prospects, and Browder is no longer on the wanted list.
Unofficially, police explain these changes by the recent request of Dmitry Medvedev to sort out issues related to Sergey Magnitsky, who was accused of tax evasion. The fund said that the main thing is that "all those involved in the arrest and death" of Magnitsky were prosecuted.
The Russian Mafia web-site (rumafia.com) found out that statute of limitations on charges of tax evasion expires that at the end of this year, so now it is important to make it clear whether there is time to bring the case to court. Viktor Grin, Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, has sent investigators a letter in which he has pointed to the delay in terms of investigation and ordered to remove procedural flaws with the objective of sending the case to court. Furthermore, case termination due to expiration of the statute of limitations is not a circumstance rehabilitating the accused.
Hermitage Capital learned about the case on taxes being presented to the Central Federal District General Directorate of the Ministry of the Interior only yesterday. The fund said that "the investigation may open or close the case as it pleases." "The only important thing is that all those involved in the illegal arrest and death of our colleague Sergey Magnitsky were prosecuted", said a representative of Hermitage Capital.