NEW YORK, July 18. /TASS/. The state Department considers absurd charges against American officials, including representatives of the security services, which Russia suspects of Commission of unlawful acts on its territory. This was stated on Wednesday at a regular briefing, the spokesperson of the Department of state Heather Nauert. Stream the briefing was on the state Department website.
Criminal case against William Browder. Dossier
“The approval of the Russian government are absurd, she said. They want to interrogate 11 us officials referred to by the Russian government. We do not support the allegations made by the Russian government. The Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation it is well known that the US has rejected the Russian accusations on this score, they were rejected by the court for the southern district of new York.”
“We urge Russian authorities to act in conjunction with the U.S . Department of justice to pursue those Russians who have committed offences, and not to make false accusations against Mr Browder and others,” added Nauert.
The position of the Russian Federation
Name Browder mentioned on Monday, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin at a press conference in Helsinki at the summit of the Russian Federation and the United States. He noted that spectracolor Robert Mueller with investigating allegations of Russian interference in presidential elections in the US could exploit Russian-American agreement of 1999 on mutual legal assistance in criminal cases, to interview 12 alleged members of military intelligence of Russia, which on Friday U.S. authorities have filed charges in absentia.
As the President said, in this case, Moscow will raise the issue of reciprocity of such actions. Putin indicated that Moscow would expect the us side to the US in the presence of Russian investigators interrogated by us officials and representatives of the security services, which in Russia is suspected of committing illegal actions on the territory of Russia. This in particular applies to the case of the founder of Hermitage Capital of William Browder.
On Tuesday the Prosecutor General’s office said it was ready to send to US the request for interrogation of American intelligence officials and civil servants in the investigation of the criminal case against Browder.
The Case Of Browder
According to the Russian investigators, business partners Browder illegally earned more than $1.5 billion, without paying taxes, neither Russia nor the United States. The money they transferred to the United States, directing them to the campaign of Hillary Clinton.
Browder in 2012 actively advocated the adoption by the U.S. Congress of the Magnitsky act, which provides for the application of sanctions against several Russian officials.
Hermitage Capital auditor Sergei Magnitsky was arrested on charges of the establishment for the Fund of illegal schemes of tax evasion. While under investigation, he was accused of corruption a number of Russian officials. In November 2009, Magnitsky died in a Moscow prison “Matrosskaya Tishina”.