In 2008, a young Russian lawyer named Sergei Magnitsky discovered a massive tax fraud. He discovered that a group of well-connected Russian officials had stolen a whopping $ 230m. The same agents arrested Magnitsky; He was thrown into a freezing cell and refused medical treatment. Magnitsky – who suffered from pancreatitis and eyelash stones – months went from pain. This torture sanctioned by the state was to have withdrawn his testimony. He did not. One day his condition became critical. The guards put him in an isolation cell. There, they beat to the death.
Magnitsky’s case would become Russia’s best-known and best documented example of Vladimir Putin’s abuse of human rights in Russia. That this had happened to a man: Bill Browder, an American financier and CEO of a successful asset management company. Once a fan of Putin, Browder found himself in trouble in 2005 when he was deported from Russia. He took over a team, including Magnitsky. When the Kremlin became ugly, most of the lawyers fled. Magnitsky – a family man with two boys, who loved Beethoven – refused to leave. He believed the law would protect, that Russia had said farewell to its Soviet ghosts. It was a tragic error of judgment.
Red Notice is a dramatic, moving and thrillers, as Magnitsky Browder’s death became the manager of hedge funds for global human rights crusader. The title refers to the request for extradition from Russia served at Interpol, requiring the arrest of Browder. (The Russian court has since accused in the absence of nine years.) In fact, there are some candidates for the exalted place of “Putin’s No. 1 enemy,” as he describes. They include Michael Khodorkovsky, former oligarch Putin (pictured) was arrested and sent to Siberia. It is not the late Boris Berezovsky, another tycoon who fell Head of Resentment of Russia and beheaded in London, throwing Trotsky to Stalin for Putin. Or Alexei Navalny, opposition leaders in Moscow, currently under house arrest. Or the murdered Alexander Litvinenko, poisoned in a Mayfair hotel with radioactive green tea.
Still, there is no doubt that Browder managed to irritate Putin in a way that few have. After the assassination of Magnitsky, he began a campaign to bring his assassins to justice. Since holding senior positions in the Russian Interior Ministry and the FSB spy at the agency, there was little hope of that happening. Instead, Browder took advantage of an obscure law passed by President George W. Bush in 2004, allowing Member States to impose visa sanctions on corrupt foreign public officials.
Browder led his campaign to Washington, where the State Department gave brief dismay. The Obama administration “redefined” relations with Russia and did not want to spoil the boat. Inexperienced, bleeding, a kind of virtuous pain in the butt age marinatore, Browder continued to propose senators, journalists and anyone who wanted to listen. Against all expectations, Congress passed a Magnitsky law bill in 2012, blocking 18 employees from entering the United States. More importantly, the law denied them access to the US banking sector.
Inadvertently, Browder had found Putin’s Achilles’ heel and co and a model that could be used against other middle-level human rights abusers. In Soviet times, the politburo has experienced somewhat better than the average Soviet citizen. He had shops and special holidays on the Black Sea In Putin’s Russia, however, the difference was vague. The best bureaucrats were worth millions and have enjoyed international lifestyles. They owned properties in London and Florida. They sent their children to private British schools. What was the point of stealing all that money if you only spend in Sochi with your cruel pebble beach?