Russia Convicts a Dead Guy
Lawyer who died in police custody guilty of tax evasion
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2013 7:42 AM CDT
In this file photo, CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, William Browder gestures while speaking during a panel discussion 'The Russian Riddle' at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.   (Virginia Mayo)

(Newser) – The first dead man tried in Russia has been convicted of tax evasion in a move the Telegraph says will do further damage to Vladimir Putin. Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer who died in police custody in 2009, testified before his arrest that state officials tried to claim $230 million in tax rebates through an investment company owned by his boss, William Browder. Browder, who was tried in absentia, was also found guilty of tax evasion and sentenced to nine years behind bars.

Supporters claim Magnitsky was framed and thrown in jail, where his death later sparked human rights concerns, reports Sky News. The Kremlin itself suggested Magnitsky—who died from pancreatitis at 37—was beaten to death, while Putin said it was heart failure. Though officials say the case was reopened in 2011 so Magnitsky's supporters could exonerate him, Browder isn't buying it. The trial showed 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," his company said, per the AP.

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Jul 15, 2013 8:11 AM CDT
I hope Snowden is reading Russian if they will convict a dead guy what will they do with him holding secrets that may involve Russia oh that's right he gave trans scripts to friends Russia & China. So how many Americans were fooled to think that Russia would be a democracy ? Not me them commi bastards.
Jul 11, 2013 8:50 PM CDT
Justice "Russian style"..
Jul 11, 2013 10:54 AM CDT
Better late than never?