Bill Browder was the largest foreign portfolio investor in Russia until he was declared a “threat to national security” in 2005 for exposing corruption in Russian state-owned companies.
In 2008, Browder’s lawyer Sergei Magnitsky uncovered a massive fraud committed by Russian government officials, who had stolen state taxes worth $230 million. Magnitsky was arrested, imprisoned without trial, and tortured, and he died in prison on 16 November 2009. Ever since, Browder has led the Global Magnitsky Justice Campaign for governments around the world to impose targeted visa bans and asset freezes on human rights abusers and corrupt officials, introducing the passage of the Sergei Magnitsky Accountability Act in 2012, and the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act 2016. This has been adopted by 11 countries, including the US, the UK, Canada, and New Zealand.
Browder is the author of two books: Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice, and of Freezing Order: A True Story of Money Laundering, Murder, and Surviving Vladimir Putin’s Wrath.