Bill Browder – Vladimir Putin Wants Me Dead

Bill Browder, the American-born CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, who 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.”


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.

Bill Browder links:
Bill Browder website
Bill Browder on Twitter

Bill Browder on YouTube

Bill Browder on Wikipedia

Bill Browder’s Book:
Red Notice: How I Became Putin’s No. 1 Enemy

Topics discussed:
Hermitage Capital Management
Magnitsky Act
Government of Russia
Federal Security Service (FSB)
Hillary Clinton and the Russian reset button
Russian oligarch
All the President’s Men (film)
Annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation
Russian military intervention in Ukraine (2014-present)
Foreign Intelligence Service of Russian (SVR)
Boston Consulting Group
Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17)
Russian Involvement in the Syrian Civil War
Grateful Dead
Berlin Wall
Siege of Sloviansk
Sanok, Poland
Salomon Brothers
Price Waterhouse Coopers
Icarus (film)
International Olympic Committee (IOC)

People mentioned in this episode:
Sergei Magnitsky
Vladimir Putin
Mikhail Khodorkovsky
Robert Mugabe
Boris Yeltsin
Viktor Yanukovych
Natalia Veselnitskaya
Donald Trump Jr.
Jared Kushner
Paul Manafort
Alexander Litvinenko
Earl Browder
Eleanor Roosevelt
Edmond Safra
Al Capone
Bryan Fogel
Grigory Rodchenkov

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Having been born in the old USSR I can tell you that things have not changed they just call them difirently since the takeover in the late 90’s. Bill is on point for the main part but seems naive with respect how far his adversaries will be willing to go if truly threatened. Removing Putin will not result in immediate or even timely change in attitude because the corruption is so deeply rooted and wide spread globally that it would take a real true movement, time and sacrifice to bring any meaningful outcome. Remember, there are many little Putin’s that… Read more »
Dear Brian, regardless of the outcome and the answers provided by Bill Browder this was definitely a very interesting interview. Listening to your questions and the answers of Bill, I don’t know if you had to sign any kind of agreement before conducting this interview, but I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if you had to. You have as usual been a patient and gracious listener to your guest and your interviewee was free to tell whatever he wanted. However you could have (and in my view should have) been digging a bit more below the surface after getting certain answers… Read more »

This is one of the most interesting interview I have ever heard. Thank you for this.


At 24m 37s and in relation to Russia taking back Crimea from Ukraine Bill Browder states “…I think three people died, it’s nothing…”, and Brian responds with silence. At this point I must check out from watching this man who claims his sole intention is to avenge the death of his lawyer. Was his lawyer’s life more important than the 3 people who died in Crimea? And why Brian says nothing is beyond me. A life is a life, surely.


Up to now I had a lot of respect for London Live, but to give a platform to this convicted fraudster who happen to get bought by the Russian authorities for trying to pull the biggest financial skim in Russia. It’s understandable that the zionist run political system of the west and the globalist media hate Putin and Russia with Passion and they will happily give this scam bag a platform, but I thought London live was on the side of the people and if that was so they will never allow this guy in their show.Big disappointment.


Fascinating Bill Browder sounds sincere and his story rings true to me. Makes me think again about the character of Putin.
The issue of fake news ;and spin makes it difficult to form an opinion on what is true without doing you’re own research.


Very informative considering current events.


Wow! A true modern day hero! Courageous, inspiring, a leader even in the ‘kingdom of truth’. And London real is providing a great service to humanity by putting him on this podcast.


Wow! A true mindedness day hero! Courageous, inspiring, a leader even in the ‘kingdom of truth’. And London real is providing a great service to humanity by putting him on this podcast.


I managed to watch this interview for 10 minutes, but it is just amazing how much BS Bowder is saying. Practically every sentence is a clear lie. Perhaps this is something that average American wants to see. People are so brainwashed that there is no surprise they get used and abused all the time. Time to wake the f**k up!!

Check this guys background, Jewish communist money making people. Long lasting, more then one generation of bitter resentment against Russia, not before his grandfather left being a born Russian to try become president of the U.S.A. for the communist party from 1936 until 1940. After the W.W.II (1945) he lost his support from Russia! I am not for or against Putin, but Bill is full of allegations without argument (something I recognise in his economic background and communistic economics from today) to me it is more like the pot blaming the kettle for being black. Bill is just another generation… Read more »
Antonio Licchelli

Fascinating to watch this episode in light of recent events in Salisbury


Great interview, thanks to both, wishing Bill safe passage going forward (seems like there are a few people who wouldn’t !)