(From The Washington Examiner)
U.S.-born hedge fund manager Bill Browder won’t be able to “sleep peacefully,” a top Russian official said while promising to escalate efforts to arrest the prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“We won’t let [Browder] sleep peacefully,” Russian Prosecutor General Yury Chaika said Friday, according to TASS, a state-run media outlet.
Browder has led an international campaign to impose sanctions on Russian human rights violators. The effort culminated in U.S. legislation named after Sergei Magnitsky, an attorney for Browder who died in government custody after accusing Russian officials of cooperating with mafia in a $230 million tax fraud scheme. Russia countered that Browder and Magnitsky are the criminals; efforts by Putin allies to reverse the sanctions helped fuel the controversy over Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election.
Browder was detained in Spain at Russia’s request in May, but then released after Interpol told Spanish officials “not to honor” his arrest warrant. He has been lobbying internationally for Western powers to crack down on the Russian oligarchs who are allied with Putin and have major assets outside of Russia.