After his arrest in Madrid, the financier explains why he’s one of the Kremlin’s main enemies

The knock on the door of his Madrid hotel room came at 9.40am on Wednesday morning. Two Spanish national police officers and the hotel’s general manager stood apologetic in the corridor: “Mr Browder, I’m afraid you’re under arrest.”

Ten minutes later Bill Browder, an American-born financier and arguably the Kremlin’s No 1 foreign enemy, was in the squad car tweeting furiously on the way to the police station. He was being detained on an arrest warrant issued by Russia, plainly intended as the first step in his eventual extradition to Moscow.

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