A Moscow court convicted lawyer Sergei Magnitsky on Thursday of tax evasion after Russia's first posthumous trial, and sentenced British investment fund head William Browder in absentia to nine years in prison in rulings that will further undermine President Vladimir Putin's reputation in the West.
Browder, a Briton, has led an international campaign to expose corruption and punish Russian officials he blames for Magnitsky's death in a Moscow jail while awaiting trial in 2009.
Browder lives in Britain and Russia's options for jailing him are limited. Interpol has refused to include him on its international search list after deciding that Russia's case against him was political.
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The case has underscored the dangers faced by Russians who challenge the authorities and deepened U.S. and European concern over human rights and the rule of law in Russia.