Bill Browder, the American-born CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, is often referred to as the Number 1 enemy, of Russian President, Vladimir Putin.
Browder’s fund, Hermitage Capital, was the largest foreign investor in Russia until 2005, when he was denied entry to the country for exposing corruption in Russian state-owned companies. In 2009 his Russian lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, was killed in a Moscow prison after exposing a $230 million fraud committed by Russian government officials. Since then, he has spent the last eight years conducting a global campaign, to impose visa bans and asset freezes on individual human rights abusers, particularly those who played a role in Magnitsky’s false arrest, torture and death. The United States was the first to impose these sanctions with the passage of the 2012 “Magnitsky Act.”