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Bill was once the largest foreign portfolio investor in Russia until being declared “a threat to national security” in 2005 for exposing corruption in Russian state-owned companies. He is the CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, the Head of the Global Magnitsky Justice Campaign and the author of “Red Notice” and “Freezing Order.”
In 2008, William Browder’s lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, uncovered a massive fraud committed by Russian government officials that involved the theft of US $230 million of state taxes. Sergei testified against state officials involved in this fraud and was subsequently arrested, imprisoned without trial and systematically tortured. He spent a year in prison under horrific detention conditions, was repeatedly denied medical treatment, and died in prison on November 16, 2009, leaving behind a wife and two children.
Since then, Browder has sought justice outside of Russia and started a global campaign for governments around the world to impose targeted visa bans and asset freezes on human rights abusers and highly corrupt officials. The United States was the first to impose these targeted sanctions with the passage of the Sergei Magnitsky Accountability Act in 2012, followed by the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act in 2016. Since then, Canada, United Kingdom, the Baltic states, the European Union and most recently Australia, have passed their own versions of the Magnitsky Act. Mr. Browder is currently working to have similar legislation passed in other countries worldwide including New Zealand and Japan, to name a few.
Browder published his first book “Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice” in February 2015. A New York Time bestseller, the book focuses on Browder’s years spent in Russia, the Russian government’s attacks on Hermitage Capital Management and his responses to Russian corruption and his support of the investigation into the death of his attorney Sergei Magnitsky. A TV series, based on the book, is in development.
His second book “Freezing Order: A True Story of Money Laundering, Murder, and Surviving Vladimir Putin’s Wrath” was released in April 2022.
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