MOSCOW Nov 17 A lawyer who advised Hermitage,
once Russia's biggest investment fund, has died in custody amid
a row between the fund's co-founder Bill Browder and the Russian
authorities over alleged tax frauds.
Sergei Magnitsky, 37, who advised Hermitage while at law
firm Firestone Duncan, died of heart failure on Monday, Russia's
Prosecutor-General's main investigative unit said on Tuesday.
Magnitsky was arrested in 2008 after Interior Ministry tax
police raided the law firm's offices as part of an inquiry into
Hermitage's alleged tax evasion. He was charged with conspiracy
but his case had not come to trial.
Browder fell out with Russian authorities after publicly
berating large companies over their treatment of minority
shareholders and was barred entry to Russia in 2005 on national
security grounds. Hermitage subsequently disposed of all of its
Russian opened a tax evasion probe against Browder after he
accused tax officers of faking tax refunds which defrauded
Russian taxpayers of millions of dollars [ID:nLJ468432].
(Reporting by Dmitry Zhdannikov, editing by Michael Stott,
Moscow Newsroom, + 7 495 775 12 42)