PUTIN CRITIC PUT ON INTERPOL LIST AHEAD OF CANADA'S MAGNITSKY ACT
Oct 23, 2017
By Michael Kramer
Russian president Vladimir Putin has placed one of his strongest critics on the Interpol wanted list – following Canada’s passage of a bill last week – that lets this country bring sanctions against human-rights abusers.
Bill Browder says Putin instructed his prosecutor’s office to put him on an Interpol “diffusion list” on October 17th – one day before the Canadian version of the U.S. Magnitsky Act became law.
Browder has spear-headed the international campaign against Russia – over the killing of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky – who accused Russian officials of a massive tax-fraud – before he was beaten to death in a Moscow jail in 2009.
The Interpol notice means Browder cannot leave Britain – where he makes his home.
He had planned to travel to Canada on October 31st with members of Magnitsky’s family – so they could meet the Canadian parliamentarians who made Bill S-226 possible.