Britain refuses to offer Russia legal assistance in Hermitage Capital case - Interior Ministry

Great Britain has refused to render legal assistance to the Russian Interior Ministry in relation to the tax-evasion case by the management of Hermitage Capital fund, Interfax was told at the press service of the Russian Interior Ministry's investigative department on Monday.

"In February 2012, the investigative department sent an international query to the relevant authorities of Great Britain for legal assistance in relation to a tax-evasion case in which a national of that country William Browder is one of the defendants," the press service of the department said.

It added that Russian investigators asked their British colleagues to hand a notification on the completion of the preliminary investigation to Browder.

The Interior Ministry said that the reply from the British authorities said that the United Kingdom could not render the requested assistance because the Secretary of States believes that this is likely to damage the sovereignty, security, public order and other significant interests of Great Britain.

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