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Bill Browder, Kremlin Critic, Briefly Arrested In Spain For Murky Reasons

Browder says he was arrested on a Russian warrant via Interpol. Spanish police say they released him because the warrant was "invalid." And Interpol denies having issued a formal warrant at all.
Bill Browder, a former Moscow financier turned anti-Kremlin activist, prepares to speak with European officials about the Magnitsky Act last week in The Hague. Source: Robin Van Lonkhuijsen

For a brief time Wednesday, Bill Browder was in Spanish custody. The London-based businessman and vocal Kremlin critic had been arrested in Madrid on what Browder says was a Russian warrant issued through Interpol.

Formerly a major investor in Russia, Browder has spent the better part of a decade waging an international crusade against corruption in Russian President Vladimir Putin's, which punished several prominent Russians with U.S. sanctions, and lately he has of Russian attempts to influence the domestic affairs of other countries.

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