Article image Anti-Kremlin financier Browder briefly detained in Spain

Article image Anti-Kremlin financier Browder briefly detained in Spain

Article image Anti-Kremlin financier Browder briefly detained in Spain

Spain's national police said Browder had been detained briefly and taken to a police station in downtown Madrid until agents confirmed that an arrest warrant from Russian Federation that appeared in Interpol's system was outdated. "Going to the police station right now", Browder wrote.

However, the press service of the Spanish National Police did not officially confirm or deny the reports.

"They won't tell me which station".

The Kremlin has convicted Browder in absentia for tax evasion, and he faces nine years in prison there.

He went on to become an outspoken Kremlin critic and led a campaign in several western countries to adopt the Magnitsky Act that allows them to issue sanctions against Russian officials accused of human rights abuses.

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This was followed by a photograph from the back of the police auto, with the words: "In the back of the Spanish police vehicle going to the station on the Russian arrest warrant".

The Spanish national police told Business Insider the arrest came a search and seizure warrant from Interpol, a global agency which facilitates requests by police forces to share information or make arrests in other countries.

The arrest of vehement Kremlin critic Bill Browder will raise concerns that Interpol Red Notices are targeting exiles living in the European Union.

Browder himself had reported his detention in Madrid in a series of tweets.

Minister of state at the Foreign Office, Sir Alan Duncan, said he was "deeply concerned to learn that the Russians have tried to get Bill Browder arrested in Spain".

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In October, Interpol rejected Russia's request to arrest Browder, telling member states to ignore an attempt by Moscow to pursue the fund manager through the organization.

"Browder is not wanted via Interpol channels".

Shortly before 11 a.m., Mr Browder tweeted a second photo of an English translation of his arrest warrant, dated May 30: "he/she has been arrested by his/her alleged participation in the criminal facts: fraud".

Interpol had previously refused to enforce a 2013 warrant for the investor, deeming it "predominantly political in nature".

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has welcomed the release of United Kingdom -based financier William Browder after a brief detention by police in Spain.

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"Moscow should concentrate on bringing those responsible for the murder of Magnitsky to justice", Johnson said in a tweet.

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