Browder given deadline until Dec. 22 to file supplementary affidavit


By Stelios Orphanides

The Nicosia District Court gave Hermitage Capital co-founder Bill Browder and his associate Ivan Cherkasov a deadline until December 22 to file a request for permission to submit a supplementary affidavit, lawyers said.

Browder and Cherkasov resorted to a Cypriot court requesting that authorities ditch cooperation with Russia in a probe initiated by Russian authorities against them on grounds that its motives are political.

Cypriot authorities objected to their request on November 22, arguing that the court lacked the capacity to decide on the matter and that even if the Russian investigation was politically motivated, there was still no reason to deny Russia’s request for legal assistance.

Days after the Cypriot authorities filed their objection to Browder’s request, leaked correspondence from the private email account of attorney Eleni Loizidou, former head of the extradition department at the Law Office, exposed an unprecedented infiltration of the Law Office by Russia. In the leaked emails she appears to have provided tips to Russian authorities on how to handle requests for extradition of fugitive suspects and even Browder’s case.

Loizidou, meanwhile transferred by attorney-general Costas Clerides to other duties, the subject of a disciplinary probe herself, had attended the November 22 hearing.

Investor-turned-activist Browder is considered an enemy of Russia’s president Vladimir Putin after he led a campaign for justice for lawyer Sergei Magnitsky who died in a Russian prison eight years ago after exposing a $230m (€194m) tax theft. The police officers Magnitsky implicated in the theft arrested him and had him tortured and deprived of access to medical treatment while in jail.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe asked member states in 2014 to ignore Russia’s requests concerning Browder and to follow the US example which the previous year adopted the Magnitsky Act which provides for targeted action against human right abusers. Interpol repeatedly rejected Moscow’s arrest warrants issued against Browder.



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  • Paranam Kid

    Magnitsky was NOT a lawyer, as testified by Browder himself.

    Both men were crooks & got caught. If they were clean why does Browder need to lie about Magnitsky’s profession & responsibilities, and why does he not cooperate with the Russian authorities? It is much more advantageous to pull the Israel Lobby strings in a country where the Russia-gate hysteria knows no bounds.

    • Wanderer

      It must take a special kind of mental gymnastics to spout out this kind of nonsense.

      • Paranam Kid

        Tell me where the nonsense is, what is factually not right, because I can’t do anything with a nonsensical statement like yours. Or have you already run dry with fact-based counter-arguments?

    • Tyler D

      Yes Magnitsky was an accountant, it makes you wonder where all the ‘crusading lawyer’ stuff came from.

      • Paranam Kid

        From Browder himself because it fits his narrative better. He obviously has a number of things to hide that don’t bear the light of day.

    • Peter G

      I would up-vote your comment were it not for the anti-Semetic cauda.

      • Paranam Kid

        You clearly love to use that worn cliché used by those who have no fact-based arguments, so they try to kill off the real argument with that cliché.

        But, I am willing to hear your explanation, so tell me what is anti-Jewish racism in what I have said.

  • Mountainman

    Browder is accused of criminal offences by the Russian Government. He is using Political motivation to try to block Russia from gathering evidence from the Cypriot authorities. If he did not have something to hide he would not object to the Cypriot authorities handing over documents.