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Russian lawyer Magnitsky found guilty of tax fraud four years after death

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Russian lawyer Magnitsky found guilty of tax fraud four years after death


A Moscow court has found the late Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky guilty of tax fraud nearly four years after he died in prison.

An anti-corruption campaigner, Magnitsky had accused the Russian tax authorities of committing large-scale fraud themselves before his arrest.

He believed he had uncovered a web of corruption involving government officials, including the alleged theft of more than 150 million euros.

Magnitsky, who had been working for investment firm Hermitage Capital, was arrested in 2008 and died the following year awaiting trial.

There was an international outcry over his death amid allegations of inhumane treatment. An investigation commissioned by Russia’s presidential human rights council found that he had been beaten and denied medical care.

Magnitisky’s former boss at Hermitage, William Browder, has also been convicted of tax fraud. He was tried in absentia and sentenced to nine years in prison.

Browder spearheaded an international campaign to put pressure on Russia over Magnitsky’s death.

The US, which has praised the lawyer’s anti-corruption work, passed the Magnitsky Act last year. It blacklists Russian officials accused of human rights violations.

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