Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Dead Lawyer Found Guilty of Tax Evasion in Moscow Show Trial

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Dead Lawyer Found Guilty of Tax Evasion in Moscow Show Trial

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Byline: Will Stewart in Moscow

A LAWYER who exposed large-scale official corruption in Russia was today convicted of tax evasion by a Moscow court -- even though he died in custody four years ago.

Sergei Magnitsky was found guilty along with London-based William Browder, the head of the Hermitage Capital investment fund, who was tried in absentia.

The case had been widely denounced as both farcical and proof that corruption within Russian authorities extends to using the judicial system to produce verdicts which contradict evidence. Hermitage Capital said in a statement: "This show trial confirms that (President) Vladimir Putin is ready to sacrifice his international credibility to protect corrupt officials who murdered an innocent lawyer and stole $230 million from the Russian state."

The judge at the Tverskoy district court is expected to announce a jail sentence for Mr Browder.

Mr Magnitsky died aged 37 of untreated pancreatitis in 2009, after accusing interior ministry officials of organising a $235 million tax scam. …

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