British-American businessmanwho was once the largest foreign investor in Russia, but had become a loud critic of the country and clashed with the government of President Vladimir Putin, said Wednesday that he was in Spain is detained for a "Russian" arrest warrant. Browder, who says that Putin directly staged a Kremlin attempt to influence Donald Trump's presidential campaign in 2016, tweeted Wednesday morning that he had been arrested on an Interpol warrant, but the international law enforcement agency denied any involvement.
He was just arrested by the Spanish police in Madrid over a warrant issued by the Russian Interpol. We're going to the police station now, "Browder said on Twitter, adding that the police would not tell him which station he was brought to, and he took a photo of the back of the police car
a spokesman for the Interpol Press said CBS News on Wednesday said, "Browder was never put on an Interpol Red alert, there have been requests in the past, but he has never been on an Interpol Red Notice. "The spokesman denied that Browder was even in the agency's database.
Interpol said the Spanish authorities must explain their reason for detaining Browder.
Browder, CEO of Hermitage Capital, has become one of the main opponents of the Kremlin in recent years, when he promoted Moscow Telling narrative that Russia did not want to make an effort in the 2016 electoral process.
In July of last year, when President Trump defended his. English: www.germnews.com / archives n / 1995/02 / 16.html Brueder said in an interview with "CBS This Morning" that Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who met with Trump Jr. in June 2016, "took money from a Russian oligarch who is close to Putin to try to overturn the Magnitsky Act. "
Trump Jr. said the meeting was primarily about the Magnitsky Act, and the US law passed in 2012 imposes economic sanctions and travel restrictions on Russians known as human rights violators.
The law is named after Russian tax lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who has been working to expose corruption among Kremlin members, who died in a Russian jail in 2009. The Russian government said the cause of death was heart failure, but many observers believe that Magnitsky was murdered, including Browder Browder was a driving force to make the Magnitsky Act into a law in the US No. 1 priority to make the US lift sanctions under the law, which currently has 44 Russians.
Veselnitskaya engaged Rinat Akhmetshin – the Browder in July 2017 as "dodgy former Soviet Spy, Current Spy, Washington Operator "- and organized a comprehensive lobbying campaign," the top lobbyists, hiring the top law firms, the top PR companies, "try to get rid of the act.
The Trump family claims that nothing came of the meeting. The then Chief of Staff of the White House, Reince Priebus, called it a "great non-citizen".
"Let's just take a look at that," Browder told CBS News. "Vladimir Putin wants to get rid of this act, which will sanction his fortune.That is his top priority.He orders an oligarch to go in and spend all the money to get rid of it.The Russian KBG is not stupid.You want something." in return. "
" We do not know what happened in this meeting, "he continued," We do not know who said what to whom, because you can not trust the Russians, and the people of Trump are constantly changing their story So who knows what a burger it is. "
" They spent money on any other legal move they could have, "he continued," hiring lobbyists left and right and in the middle. "
" They got Donald Trump Jr., all on behalf of Vladimir Putin, to get rid of the Magnitsky Act, "said Browder.
When he was asked if he believed that there was a collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia gave to influence the American election, Browder replied, "I have no idea. All I can say is that I know the Russian side well and I can tell you a very well-equipped operation to eliminate a law that would affect Vladimir Putin personally.
The dispute over the Magnitsky Act sanctions worsened some American families who wanted to adopt children from Russian orphanages.
Vladimir Putin was so angry at the Magnitsky act that he sought some kind of retribution, "Browder explained , "He could not freeze assets or other things because the Americans were fighting against them, so he came up with the most heartless, vindictive thing he could do, that Americans adopted disabled Russian orphans, and he said," No, you can do not adopt anymore. "
According to Browder, about 500 American families then met sick babies and children who" yearned for America. "Some ended up in orphanages for not being properly treated.
Browder also commented on the fact that he was "repeatedly threatened by agents of the Russian government."
"I am afraid for my life," he said.