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Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance,…

Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight… (2015)

by Bill Browder

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Very good and very relevant to current events. ( )
  STeph.M.Clark | Aug 2, 2017 |
Bill Browder's account of his days as a hedge fund manager in post-Cold War Russia, and specifically of his fight to hold Russian officials accountable for the death of Sergei Magnitsky, his lawyer. Browder's not much of a writer, but this is a pretty gripping story once he gets to the part about Magnitstky. In fact, the entire book would have been better if it just started with Magnitsky and let that be the focus. I wasn't nearly as interested in learning how Browder gamed the Russian finance system to make millions for already-wealthy investors. ( )
  jalbacutler | Apr 9, 2017 |
If even half of what browder says is true in this novel...then thank God for some places where people aren't subjected to such high levels of corruption ( )
  kallai7 | Mar 23, 2017 |
One can't make this stuff up.....one of the reasons I LOVE reading and learning about Russia!! ( )
  JulieW121 | Feb 10, 2017 |
When a state is run by someone who is more mobster than president, when it throws its weight around in the neighbourhood, cynically beating up its neighbours with little fear of retaliation, it is no surprise that something in it is rotten.
In his book Red Notice, Bill Browder peels back Russia’s thin skin and exposes the maggot-infested viscera that are Vladimir Putin’s organs of state.
Browder, once the largest foreign investor in Russia through his Hermitage Fund, made his money after the fall of the Soviet Union by buying shares in Russian enterprises at fire-sale prices.
Browder’s account of his rise in Russian financial circles from upstart outsider to Quixotically tilting, first at the oligarchs and then no less than Vladimir Putin, reads like the thriller it is.
For someone as pugnacious as Browder, one might expect him to be arrogant and self-assured. Quite the opposite, his unpretentious approach to everything makes him sympathetic: someone you would love to have around for dinner and whom you might well want as a friend.
Browder’s insights into the Russian psyche are telling, especially when trying to fathom Putin’s motives in Ukraine. According to him, Russian business, and by extension, Russian politics, is governed by the propriety of the prison yard. Any sign of weakness is fatal and any objective must be pursued to its conclusion without consideration for the consequences. With that knowledge, the required response to Putin’s regional and international aggression should be much clearer.
When Browder learned the rules of the game, he gave no quarter, exposing oligarchs and government officials who were stealing everything they could get their hands on. And in the process, he made some very powerful enemies. He was expelled from Russia in 2005 when his campaign against the oligarchs touched the oligarch-in-chief: Vladimir Putin.
After his expulsion, he managed to get all of his capital out of the country, but when the shells of some of his companies were stolen and put to criminal use, Browder fought back, exposing those involved. With him and Putin firmly in opposite corners, the cage fight began in earnest. Browder and most of his associates were safely out of the country. But his attorney, Sergei Magnitsky, remained and was arrested.
When Magnitsky died in jail at the hands of his captors, Browder dedicated himself to obtaining justice for him. The last third of the book describes that struggle and the astounding lengths he has gone to punish Magnitsky’s murderers.
Browder continues in his quest for justice, campaigning tirelessly, his Hermitage empire deferred.
Red Notice is an enthralling read, a fascinating peek at Putin’s soiled linen, and a testament to the bravery of both Sergei Magnitsky and Bill Browder, who took on the might of Russia without regard for their own safety. ( )
  BradyRidgway | Dec 31, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 147675571X, Hardcover)

A real-life political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his dangerous mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption.

Bill Browder’s journey started on the South Side of Chicago and moved through Stanford Business School to the dog-eat-dog world of hedge fund investing in the 1990s. It continued in Moscow, where Browder made his fortune heading the largest investment fund in Russia after the Soviet Union’s collapse. But when he exposed the corrupt oligarchs who were robbing the companies in which he was investing, Vladimir Putin turned on him and, in 2005, had him expelled from Russia.

In 2007, a group of law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear.

Browder glimpsed the heart of darkness, and it transformed his life: he embarked on an unrelenting quest for justice in Sergei’s name, exposing the towering cover-up that leads right up to Putin. A financial caper, a crime thriller, and a political crusade, Red Notice is the story of one man taking on overpowering odds to change the world.

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