‘Red Notice: How I became Putin’s number one enemy’
Join us on Thursday 24th June at 1:00pm BST for a discussion with Mr. Bill Browder of his book ‘Red Notice: How I became Putin’s number one enemy’, the story of the whitewash by Russian authorities of the imprisonment and murder of Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer who was beaten to death whilst in the custody of the Interior Ministry.
Bill Browder is Head of the Global Magnitsky Justice Campaign and the founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, which was the investment adviser to the largest foreign investment fund in Russia until 2005 when Bill was denied entry to the country and declared a “threat to national security” as a result of his battle against corporate corruption.
Following his expulsion, the Russian authorities raided his offices, seized Hermitage Fund’s investment companies and used them to steal $230 million of taxes that the companies had previously paid. In 2008, Mr. 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, Mr. 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, the United Kingdom and the European Union have passed their own versions of the Magnitsky Act. Mr. Browder is currently working to have similar legislation passed in other countries worldwide including Australia and Japan, to name a few.
Mr. Browder is one of the most important international influencers of our time, illustrated by the now common reference to state sanctions against individuals as “Magnitsky style sanctions”.