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Bill Browder - Vladimir Putin Wants Me Dead


The Number 1 Enemy of Russian President, Vladimir Putin

Bill Browder’s journey is a testament to the transformative power of conviction and a relentless pursuit of justice. A successful financier, Browder pivoted his career to become a prominent human rights advocate. In this London Real episode, Brian Rose discusses a range of topics with Bill Browder, a man whose advocacy against corruption has left an indelible mark on the global stage.

Bill Browder’s foray into the financial world began with his education at Stanford University and subsequent work at Salomon Brothers. Later, he moved to Russia in the early 1990s to capitalise on the emerging market opportunities after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Browder’s investment fund, Hermitage Capital Management, quickly became one of the largest foreign investors in Russia.

Browder’s fortunes took a dramatic turn as he shifted from financial success to a mission-driven pursuit of justice. The turning point came when he exposed corruption within the Russian government and major corporations. His principled stance against corruption drew the ire of powerful figures, leading to a series of events that would redefine his life’s purpose.

The tragic death of Browder’s lawyer and friend, Sergei Magnitsky, in a Moscow prison marked a watershed moment in his life. Magnitsky had uncovered a massive tax fraud scheme implicating high-ranking Russian officials. His imprisonment and subsequent death prompted Browder to seek justice for Magnitsky and expose the corruption that led to his demise.

Browder’s relentless efforts culminated in the United States Congress passing the Magnitsky Act in 2012. This landmark legislation imposes sanctions on individuals involved in human rights abuses and corruption, freezing their assets and restricting their travel. The Magnitsky Act has since been adopted by multiple countries, underscoring its global impact in holding perpetrators accountable.

Bill Browder’s advocacy extends beyond the Magnitsky Act. He has tirelessly worked to raise awareness about corruption, human rights abuses, and the importance of accountability on the international stage. Browder’s efforts have earned him recognition as a leading figure in the fight against corruption, with his work resonating across borders and inspiring others to take a stand.

Browder’s principled stand has come at a personal cost. He has faced numerous threats to his safety, including the revocation of his Russian visa and an Interpol red notice issued by Russia. Despite these challenges, Browder remains undeterred, continuing to champion the cause of justice and human rights.

Bill Browder’s legacy lies in his transformation from a successful financier to a passionate advocate for justice. The Magnitsky Act stands as a testament to his ability to effect change on a global scale. Beyond legislation, Browder’s story serves as an inspiration for individuals and organisations alike, illustrating the power of one person’s commitment to making a difference in the world.

Bill Browder’s journey is a remarkable narrative of resilience, conviction, and the pursuit of justice. From the heights of financial success to the depths of challenging the corrupt systems that led to Sergei Magnitsky’s tragic death, Browder’s story encapsulates the potential for one person to spark change. His continued advocacy against corruption and human rights abuses underscores the enduring impact of an individual’s commitment to principles that transcend borders and ideologies. As Browder remains steadfast in his pursuit of justice, his story continues to inspire a global community striving for a more just and accountable world.


00:00 | Trailer
02:00 | Brian’s thoughts on the episode
04:15 | Brian’s introduction
05:19 | Putin is one of the most cynical, evil, aggressive, sociopathic killer dictators on the planet
10:08 | Hillary Clinton and the Russian reset button was a futile gesture of appeasement
11:19 | Absolute power corrupts absolutely: how Putin has created absolute power in Russia
15:17 | You cannot understand Russia with your mind: the Russian people’s supposed love for Putin
17:07 | The money tells you everything and Putin likes money
23:23 | Why Putin annexed Crimea, invaded Ukraine and is now in Syria
30:35 | Donald Trump election connection to Bill Browder, Sergei Magnitsky, and the Magnitsky Act
36:51 | USA political and ideological chaos created by Putin
39:56 | Bill is primary number one target of Vladimir Putin
41:49 | British Government did nothing after British citizen Alexander Litvinenko murdered in London
43:21 | The killing and posthumous trial of Sergei Magnitsky and Bill’s conviction in absentia
51:28 | Bill Browder’s family history and its connection with Russia, Communist party and McCarthyism
1:02:36 | Bill’s first job leads to financial equivalent of crack cocaine
1:12:23 | Enlightening account of time at Salomon Brothers with instruction to make 5 times his salary
1:30:43 | Move to Russia, making money, then Russia devalued their currency
1:36:11 | Bill’s life is changed forever when he discovers the Oligarchs
1:48:00 | Arrest on entering Russia starts his worst nightmare and Sergei Magnitsky takes the rap
1:52;35 | Sergei Magnitsky refused to talk despite 358 days of torture
1:58:18 | They will make monuments to Sergei Magnitsky in Russia in a different era
1:58:42 | Getting the Magnitsky Act passed in America and how it is a game changer across the world
2:02:21 | Chilling reason for deliberately keeping himself in the public eye
2:04:11 | Possibility of a film being made of Bill’s book Red Notice
2:04:52 | Olympics doping scandal and the film Icarus depicting Grigory Rodchenkov’s involvement
2:08:11 | How Bill stays focussed on his goal every day despite the dangers
2:09:38 | What is Bill’s super power in getting things done
2:10:44 | Does he worry about his friends and family
2:11:10 | What scares Bill
2:11:53 | What he thinks of Donald Trump
2:13:17 | Worst and best days of Bill’s life
2:15:18 | What keeps him awake at night
2:16:03 | The most influential person in his life
2:16:15 | Phone call to the 20-year old Bill Browder
2:17:24 | Best advice he ever received
2:18:04 | Advice to people listening to take from this episode
2:19:17 | Brian’s summing up.


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