Taking on Putin and his oligarchs: Bill Browder tells his story

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Bill Browder, Hermitage Capital Management. (Photo: Luke MacGregor)
Bill Browder, Hermitage Capital Management. (Photo: Luke MacGregor)

BOOK: Freezing Order: A True Story of Money Laundering, Murder, and Surviving Vladimir Putin’s Wrath by Bill Browder.

American financier Bill Browder, after a very bad experience in Russia, investigated illegal Russian dirty-money flows, and spearheaded the Magnitsky Act that blocks such money laundering and other crimes and sanctions the perpetrators. That got Putin chasing him around the world, trying to shut him up. Ahead of the Franschhoek Literary Festival, where he will speak to Tony Leon, Browder discussed his new book, Freezing Order: A True Story of Money Laundering, Murder, and Surviving Vladimir Putin’s Wrath (Simon & Schuster), with Shaun de Waal.

Remember the July 2018 Helsinki summit at which Donald Trump, then US president, and Russian president Vladimir Putin appeared alongside one another, Trump looking distinctly browbeaten and Putin glowing triumphantly, like the cat that got the cream?

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