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Freezing Order: A True Story of Russian Money Laundering, Murder,and Surviving Vladimir Putin's Wrath

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Thereafter Browder, a naturalised Briton based in London, dedicated himself to gaining justice for his friend, primarily by lobbying for the Magnitsky Act – a bill that authorised the US government to sanction human rights offenders and freeze their assets. In retaliation, Putin expelled him from Russia as a national security threat, and the officers from the Russian Interior Ministry essentially stole the fund’s holding companies. Amid the horrors being reported every day from Ukraine, it also provides a highly readable insight into the true nature of the regime that is responsible for them. I would have folded the first time I was threatened with extradition to Russia, never mind taken into custody.

If this were a kidnapping, and I was starting to believe it was, I could picture what was in there: a bright-white office with a steel gurney, a little table with an assortment of syringes, and Russian men in cheap suits. Reading Bill Browder’s zesty new book about the theft, extortion, intimidation, lies and murder that are the Russian state’s daily levers of power can feel like reading several books at once. Held for almost a year without charge, Magnitsky died a few days before he was due to be released – murdered, says Browder, and a number of independent investigators, by prison guards who beat him to death. I thought about my eldest child, David, a junior at Stanford who was already making a life for himself. This book is obviously even more timely now with the current Russian invasion of Ukraine and the resultant overwhelming amount of worldwide sanctions against Russia, Putin and his cronies and oligarchs.The Russians did try Browder and an associate in absentia in a Russian court and he was convicted of crimes, but it was the hostile legal cases he faced in the country of his birth that are the most shocking. Thankfully, Prevezon had to pay a large fine in the end, but must have spent even more on lawyer's fees to try and disprove the case against them. This statement would seem to suggest I don't trust the author's view on things, which is not the case. It would be entertaining fiction, but it is a true story that serves as a roadmap for fighting back against the crime and corruption from Putin’s Russia.

For doubters, everything in the book was so publicized during the actual events it would be easy to fact check any claim or event. In learning about the risks that brave people have made to find truth, one realizes the importance for all of us to question more and continue to clamor for justice.I hadn’t been in a fistfight since ninth grade, when I was the smallest kid at a boarding school in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, but I was suddenly ready for a physical confrontation with these men if that meant avoiding being kidnapped. He's on a personal and quixotic quest to shut down Putin's money-laundering pipeline to the Western banks who are hiding (it transpires as a result of investigations tied to Browder's own) about a trillion dollars. A] zesty new book about the theft, extortion, intimidation, lies and murder that are the Russian state’s daily levers of power. I've just complete Bill's book and have been left feeling incredibly angry, shocked and fearful but predominantly, amazed at the tenacity and bravery shown by those mentioned in this deep expose of Putin and his cabal of liars, thieves and murderers. Prevezon used the proceedings to get as much personal information about Browder and his sources as they could.

Fast-paced and all too relevant, this is a interesting and important read for people hoping to better understand the machinations of power within Russia and how those impact the rest of the world.

The Magnitsky Act in the US that Bill Browder worked so long to get passed into law and similar laws in Canada, the EU, the UK, and Australia (with similar bills pending in several countries) finally gives national justice / law enforcement agencies the tools they need to seize assets and prosecute criminals. They thought she would deliver dirt on Hillary Clinton, but what she talked about most was Bill Browder. A] zesty new book about the theft, extortion, intimidation, lies and murder that are the Russian state’s daily levers of power.

This exploration of the dark heart of corruption asks the question of what one person can do in the face of such insidious corruption, and makes us ask what we can find in ourselves to stand up and resist those forces that would steal, decieve and murder for their own gain. What concerned him was that his presidential suite would be unavailable so long as it contained my belongings. The bulk of the book follows Broder’s efforts (and those of many others) to pass the Magnitsky Act in the United States and Europe that would “ban visas and freeze assets of Russian human rights violators—including those who had tortured and killed Sergei. The manager talked about what an honor it was to have me as a guest, even though I doubted he knew anything about me beyond which credit card I carried.

Bill Browder has shown that one man with courage can make a difference, and that even the most powerful regimes have weak spots. Eighteen months after Browder was deported, on June 4, 2007, Hermitage Capital's offices in Moscow were raided by twenty-five officers of Russia's Interior Ministry.

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