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The secret deals of “corruption fighter” William Browder:
The inside story of an offshore profit-launderer

100Reporters, May 21, 2014

As U.S and European governments impose sanctions on bankers, businessmen and officials close to Vladimir Putin to pressure him over Crimea, the asset freezes will lead investigators not to the Kremlin alone, but to the western-built offshore system that has helped the Russian leader and friends loot their country and consolidate power.

A case – details not public before – shows how westerners – lawyers, accountants, bankers, investors—used the offshore system to facilitate and benefit from Russian corruption.

It involves William Browder (opposite), self-described anti-corruption fighter, known in Washington for winning passage of 2012 “Magnitsky Act,” which presaged current law by blocking visas, freezing assets of Russians accused of rights violations and corruption.

Letters, affidavits and other court documents show that Browder and fellow investors illicitly took funds that were diverted via an Isle of Man shell from a Russian company they controlled.

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