Freezing Order, the follow-up to Red Notice, is available now! “[Red Notice] does for investing in Russia and the former Soviet Union what Liar’s Poker did for our understanding of Salomon Brothers, Wall Street, and the mortgage-backed securities business in the 1980s. Browder’s business saga meshes well with the story of corruption and murder in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, making Red Notice an early candidate for any list of the year’s best books” (Fortune).
“Part John Grisham-like thriller, part business and political memoir.” —The New York Times
This is a story about an accidental activist. Bill Browder started out his adult life as the Wall Street maverick whose instincts led him to Russia just after the breakup of the Soviet Union, where he made his fortune.
Along the way he exposed corruption, and when he did, he barely escaped with his life. His Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky wasn’t so lucky: he ended up in jail, where he was tortured to death. That changed Browder forever. He saw the murderous heart of the Putin regime and has spent the last half decade on a campaign to expose it. Because of that, he became Putin’s number one enemy, especially after Browder succeeded in having a law passed in the United States—The Magnitsky Act—that punishes a list of Russians implicated in the lawyer’s murder. Putin famously retaliated with a law that bans Americans from adopting Russian orphans.
A financial caper, a crime thriller, and a political crusade, Red Notice is the story of one man taking on overpowering odds to change the world, and also the story of how, without intending to, he found meaning in his life.
In Russia the gangsters are running the government, according to this fascinating firsthand story of state criminality and persecution. Browder, founder of the hedge fund Hermitage Capital Management (and grandson of American Communist Party leader Earl Browder), made his fortune investing in underpriced, privatized ex-Soviet companies and prodding their corrupt managers to divulge the truth about their assets. The enmity of Russian oligarchs and, eventually, Vladimir Putin got him expelled from the country, whereupon his companies were seized by a group of police officials and used to steal $230 million from the Russian Treasury. When Browder's Moscow lawyer Sergei Magnitsky unmasked the officials behind the conspiracy, Magnitsky was arrested, denied medical attention, and finally murdered in prison. Browder's narrative lays out in vivid detail the often murky mechanisms of Russia's kleptocratic economy, culminating in an engrossing account of what would surely be the heist of the century were it not so representative of business as usual. It's also a chilling, sinister portrait of a society in which the rule of law has been destroyed by those sworn to enforce it. The result is an alternately harrowing and inspiring saga of appalling crime and undeserved punishment in the Wild East. Photos.
Gripping, outstanding, disturbing. A must read by all.
Red Notice Is exceptional!
I could not put this book down once I started reading it. Sergei is a true patriot for his country.
God Bless Sergei Magnitsky
You will never be forgotten!
And to Bill Browder, thank you for standing up for Human Rights. The world needs more people like you.
Where do we go from here?
This book just enlightens all societies that corruption, power and greed trumps integrity truth and justice pretty much every time and hardly any government will step in to help.
It is rarely about human rights; it is all about strategy. Will exposing the truth or covering up be more beneficial economically, politically and for what side?
Countries like England, United States and Canada did not act quickly enough to save this Russian tax lawyer or others because they have plenty of examples of the abuse of power in their own backyards. Injustice is everywhere and if you become a target, you are fighting a very uneven battle.
This book shows the reality of how governments operate and the dehumanizing side of what it actually cost to obtain any form of validation and the price is extremely high. It takes years.
Considering how well known this investor was with all his connections and what he went through, you can't help but think of an unknown person's chances of success under the same circumstances.
I am an unknown person and I am deeply fearful. The odds are greatly stacked against us.