MOSCOW, July 26 (RAPSI) - Russia has put Hermitage Capital CEO William Browder on the international wanted list, the Interior Ministry reported on Friday.

On July 11, the Tverskoi District Court in Moscow found Hermitage Capital CEO William Browder guilty of tax evasion and sentenced him in absentia to nine years in a low security correctional prison.

Hermitage Capital maintains that it paid 5.4 billion rubles ($180 million) in taxes, but the money was stolen by corporate raiders with the help of law enforcement officials.
On July 18, attorney Kirill Goncharov told RAPSI that defense of Browder appealed the sentence imposed by the court.

Hermitage's auditor Sergei Magnitsky, who died in pretrial detention in Moscow in 2009, was prosecuted for this theft. The case was closed after his death, only to be reopened later. Under Russian law, a person can be prosecuted after their death. On July 11 he was found guilty of tax evasion.