Event Details

Following his explosive best-seller Red Notice, Bill Browder has returned with another thriller that chronicles how he became Vladimir Putin's Enemy Number One by exposing the Russian president's campaign to steal and launder hundreds of billions of dollars and kill anyone who might be standing in the way.


Since the invasion of Ukraine in February, the true nature of Putin's Russia has been revealed. Few know better how deep the corruption of the Russian state goes, or how violent, tragic and horrific the impact of Putin's determination to stay in power, than Bill Browder. He is the man behind the Global Magnitsky Act in the United States, a law authorising U.S. authorities to sanction foreign government officials for human rights violations.


He will discuss his experience as Russia's biggest foreign investor, how he came to the attention of corrupt Russian officials and the consequences, why the Magnitsky Act is so dear to him and important to the free world, and to give us his analysis of current events — where does Russia go from here?

Speakers

  • Bill Browder

    Bill Browder

    William Browder was the largest foreign investor in Russia until 2005, when he was denied entry to the country and declared “a threat to national security” for exposing corruption in Russian state-owned companies.

    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, 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 released in April 2022.

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  • Lynne O'Donnell (Columnist at Foreign Policy)

    Lynne O'Donnell

    Columnist at Foreign Policy

    Lynne O’Donnell is an Australian journalist & author. Between 2009 and 2017 she was Afghanistan bureau chief for AFP and The Associated Press. Before that, she spent more than a decade in China as a newspaper and wire agency correspondent and bureau chief. She has an MA in war studies from King’s College London. She is a columnist for Foreign Policy, covering conflict and security in South and Central Asia.

    Lynne will be interviewing Bill Browder, author of Freezing Order.

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