British Vladimir Putin critic 'arrested in Spain on Russian warrant'

The Spanish national police told Business Insider the arrest came a search and seizure warrant from Interpol, a global agency which facilitates requests by police forces to share information or make arrests in other countries.

Browder said it was the sixth time Russian Federation has used Interpol - the International Criminal Police Organization - to detain him.

Canada and the Baltic States have also adopted versions of the Magnitsky Act, while United Kingdom legislators have backed similar measures that will allow the government to freeze assets of human-rights violators.

A Britain-based financier who has spearheaded a USA law targeting Russian officials over human rights abuses says he has been arrested in Spain at Russia's request.

Spanish authorities confirmed that the anti-corruption activist was arrested in Madrid, but had since been released.

Mr. Browder, a US -born investor who has sharply criticized the Putin government, was arrested on what Spanish police and Mr. Browder said was a request from Russian Federation.

On Wednesday, Browder tweeted that he had been arrested in Madrid and taken to a police station.

He even tweeted a picture of the apparent warrant from the Spanish federal government, seeking his arrest for fraud, which a Russian court has convicted him of in absentia.

It's not exactly clear why Browder was arrested on Wednesday.

However, in a statement Interpol denied ever having an arrest warrant out for Browder.

Russian Federation has tried on several occasions to issue warrants for Browder in the past to no avail.

"It's all very scary", Browder told NPR's Rachel Martin last fall. "It's not just arrest". They could try to assassinate me on the street.

He wrote a book about his fight with the Kremlin called Red Notice: How I Became Putin's No. 1 Enemy.

It was carried out on a Russia-issued Interpol arrest warrant, Browder said. It was NOT an expired warrant, but a live one.

However, in an email, Interpol said it has never issued a Red Notice for Browder.

"Mr Browder is not wanted via INTERPOL channels and we would advise you to contact the Spanish authorities for any information about the basis of the reported arrest made today".

The agency, which has 192 member countries, did not clarify further.

Spanish National Police just released me after Interpol General Secretary in Lyon advised them not to honor the new Russian Interpol Red Notice.

"Getting ready for more Magnitsky sanctions advocacy next week", he tweeted.

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