Kremlin critic Browder urges squeeze on oligarchs' enablers

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) - Kremlin critic Bill Browder wants governments to step up efforts to get to the riches squirreled away by Russian oligarchs and linked to President Vladimir Putin by forcing the accountants, lawyers and others who set up murky legal and financial structures to become whistleblowers.

Browder, author of the nonfiction best-seller "Freezing Order: "A True Story of Money Laundering, Murder and Surviving Vladimir Putin's Wrath," says Russia's war in Ukraine has increased attention on how oligarchs are custodians of the Russian leader's wealth.

"But the oligarchs are not naïve," Browder told The Associated Press on Tuesday at the annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. "They've hired the best lawyers, best asset protection specialists, and there are shell companies and trust companies and offshore companies and nominees and proxies - and the whole thing is extremely well thought-through."

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