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Bill Browder: the Kremlin threatened to kill me

Posted by Red Notice on 26 Jan 2015 | 0 comments
by Luke Harding, The Guardian

The former banker claims Vladimir Putin runs Russia like a crime syndicate. He should know: corrupt officials seized his assets and stole $230m. His lawyer was beaten to death in jail. And now sinister text messages warn he might be next

  • Tycoon Bill Browder crossed Putin's henchmen after moving to Russia
  • He escaped to London, but his colleague Sergei Magnitsky stayed behind 
  • Magnitsky was arrested and held in hellish prisons on trumped-up charges
  • But he refused to break, eventually falling seriously ill in a squalid cell
  • Browder received a horrifying voicemail of his colleague being beaten
  • Magnitsky died after eight riot guards beat him to death with rubber batons
Extract of Red Notice, by Bill Browder for the Mail on Sunday



by Olivia Ward, Toronto Star, 31 January 2015

Bill Browder was a Red Diaper baby whose grandfather was a leader of the American Communist Party. But when he rebelled by investing in Russia's capitalist revolution, he found himself in the black - both financially and personally.

Moneyweek, 2nd February 2015

Bill Browder’s chilling memoir is anything but fantasy

Much of Bill Browder’s new book, Red Notice, “reads like a detective novel”, says Luke Harding in The Guardian. But while stranger than fiction in many parts, his chilling memoir is anything but fantasy. The fund manager, who reinvented himself as an anti-Putin campaigner following the death of his lawyer in a Russian jail, is on permanent alert for danger.


by Julia LaRoche, Business Insider, 3rd February 2015

Hedge fund manager William "Bill" Browder was once the largest foreign investor in Russia, making his investors piles of money, but if he had to do it all over again, he never would have entered the country in the first place.

"I now understand how completely naive I was to think that as a foreigner I was somehow immune to the barbarity of the Russian system," Browder said.

By William Browder, Politico, February 3rd 2015

It was 7:45 a.m. on Nov. 17, 2009, when my phone rang. It was my lawyer, Eduard, who had a horrible message to relay: “Bill, Sergei is dead.”

Sergei Magnitsky was one of my lawyers in Russia. He’d been arrested and detained in Moscow for nearly a year after exposing Russian government corruption. I knew that he had been mistreated, but the fact that he’d been killed was beyond my worst nightmare.

  • ·      Sergei Magnitsky died in November 2009 after 358 days in Russian prison
  • ·      Wrote daily letters about beatings but treatment was never investigated
  • ·      His friend William Browder successfully campaigned for Magnitsky Act - placing travel bans on Russian human rights abusers
  • ·      In return Vladimir Putin tried him for Magnitsky's murder in his absence
  • ·      Russians also tried Magnitsky - first dead man to be tried since 897AD
  • ·      Mr Browder says it is possible Russian regime is trying to kill him

Extract by Bill Browder for the Mail on Sunday, 8th February 2015

Tales of Russia’s First Activist Investor

Posted by Red Notice on 07 Feb 2015 | 0 comments

By Bill Alpert, Barron’s, 7th February 2015

The founder of The Hermitage Fund made, lost, and made a fortune investing in Russia. Then he learned the truth about doing business in Moscow.

Bill Browder, a grandson of the onetime leader of the American Communist Party, embraced capitalism and ran the largest hedge fund in Russia—until officials there allegedly took control of his firm in 2007 for the purpose of stealing a quarter of a billion dollars from the Russian treasury. When Browder’s lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, reported the theft, Magnitsky was arrested by the same officials he’d claimed had stolen the money. After Magnitsky died in prison, Browder turned from hedge-fund hustling to human-rights campaigning, as he describes in his new book, Red Notice. Here, he shares his views on Russia’s current economic and geopolitical plight.

A Russian Nightmare

Posted by Red Notice on 05 Feb 2015 | 0 comments

By Sam Dale, HFM Week, 5-11th February 2015

Hedge fund manager turned human rights campaigner Bill Browder wanrs that too few managers factor in physical risk alongside financial calculations

Bill Browder has been talking for almost half an hour about an ordeal that has turned him from high-profile hedge fund manager to human rights activist. In an interview with HFMWeek, the 50-year-old American-born British citizen explains how he has become, in his view, one of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s biggest enemies.

A businessman learns from a bad investment in Putin

Posted by Red Notice on 15 Feb 2015 | 0 comments

By Jackson Diehl, Washington Post, 15th February 2015

I first met Bill Browder when he came to tell The Post’s editorial board that its criticism of Vladi­mir Putin was all wrong. It was the early 2000s, and Putin was persecuting independent media and their owners and flattening the republic of Chechnya. Browder, then the head of the largest Western investment fund in Russia, argued that we were missing the fact that Putin was a reformer who was replacing Russia’s post-Soviet chaos with liberal capitalism and the rule of law.

Browder was drastically — and, in the end, tragically — wrong. In 2005, Putin turned on him, and he was banned from Russia. Then his companies were seized and used by corrupt officials to steal $230 million in tax receipts. When a young lawyer hired by Browder exposed the scheme, he was arrested by those same officials and so brutally mistreated that he died in his prison cell.

Why Putin is even less of a human than Stalin was

Posted by Red Notice on 19 Feb 2015 | 0 comments

By Adam Sweeting, The Spectator, 21st February 2015

 

LBC likes to tell us it’s ‘Leading Britain’s Conversation’, though in the case of weekday pre-lunch presenter James O’Brien you’ll have to sit through a series of bombastic monologues from the host before any punters get a word in edgeways. O’Brien knows everything, and he doesn’t mind telling you. Still, I understand that running a talk show is no job for timid introverts who might burst into tears if callers start giving them a hard time. The trick is pretending to listen sympathetically while being ready to drop the guillotine without compunction (after all, these people aren’t your friends, they’re just statistics for the business plan). Anyway, after last Thursday’s programme I could forgive O’Brien a lot, even the number of times he says ‘if you will’, though largely because he’d brought a guest into the studio.

How I Became Putin's Number One Enemy

Posted by Red Notice on 20 Feb 2015 | 0 comments

By Bill Browder for Random House’s Dead Good Books Newsletter, 20th February 2015

How do you rebel if you’re born into a family of American communists and academics?

By becoming a capitalist.

And what does it take for that capitalist to change his whole life in a second, to abandon business and high-stakes investment for the life of a human rights’ campaigner?

            Murder.

Putting the Bad Guys on Ice

Posted by Red Notice on 19 Feb 2015 | 0 comments

Putting the Bad Guys on Ice

 

Asset freezes and travel bans are cost-effective tools for punishing human-rights abusers.  Why not use them more often?

 

Op-ed by William Browder for Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 19th February 2015

Some call him Vladimir Putin's enemy number one. Bill Browder set up a massively successful investment fund in Russia, then discovered that government officials had ripped him off to the tune of more than $200 million. He left, but one of his lawyers, Sergei Magnitsky, was seized and jailed. And not just jailed, but beaten to death.

Transcription of Interview on PM with Mark Colvin, ABC News Australia, 6th February 2015

Bill Browder: why I fear for my life

Posted by Red Notice on 11 Mar 2015 | 0 comments

"Greatest capitalist in the world" turned human rights campaigner, Bill Browder is fighting for justice for a Russian friend whose murder he blames on the Kremlin