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Police accuse Russian lawyer Magnitsky a year after his death

"Magnitsky had a degree in economics and worked as an accountant and auditor. He was not a lawyer," she said. "And as an accountant, he was developing a tax-evasion scheme."

She said results of the investigation would be sent to prosecutors for action. And she offered Browder a deal: If he repaid the missing money, she said, criminal charges against him in another tax-evasion case would be dropped.

Casting a wide web of blame, Dudukina accused Congress of interfering with the investigation. In September, after hearing passionate testimony from Browder, Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.) and Rep. James P. McGovern (D-Mass.) introduced bills that would bar visas for about 60 Russian officials connected to the case.

"We believe this . . . is aimed at preventing investigators from taking part in investigative actions on the territories of these countries," Dudukina said.

Last week, at a conference in Bangkok, Transparency International, a worldwide anti-corruption organization, gave Magnitsky its Integrity Award for courage in pursuing corruption.

Before that, the Interior Ministry made annual awards for Russian Police Day. Five officials whom Firestone connects to the Magnitsky case were honored for their service, including spokeswoman Dudukina.

The Interior Ministry says it will pursue the case. So does Browder, who is promoting a documentary scheduled to be shown Tuesday in the Capitol Visitors Center and at parliaments in five other countries. It's called "Justice for Sergei."

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