Corruption, dirty politics and murder in Russia - told by one of Putin's Most Wanted.
Bill Browder, founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, was the largest foreign investor in Russia until 2005, when he was denied entry to the country after exposing widespread corruption. Since 2009, when his lawyer Sergei Magnitsky was murdered in Russian police custody, he has been leading a campaign to impose visa bans and asset freezes on human rights abusers and highly corrupt officials. The United States was the first to impose these sanctions with the passage of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act in 2012. This was followed by the US Global Magnitsky Act in 2016. Since then, Canada, the United Kingdom, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have all passed their own versions of the Magnitsky Act. Browder is currently working to have similar legislation passed across the European Union and other countries around the world.
"Reads like a classic thriller, with an everyman hero alone and in danger in a hostile foreign city ... but it's all true, and it's a story that needs to be told." Lee Child "The story of Sergei Magnitsky's life and death is a shocking true-life thriller, and Bill Browder was the man to write it." Tom Stoppard "A sizzling account of Mr Browder's rise, fall and metamorphosis from bombastic financier to renowned human-rights activist ... Reads more like a financial thriller than a real-life story." The Economist "An unburdening, a witness statement and a thriller all at the same time ... Electrifying ... One heck of a read." -- Giles Whittell The Times "An expose of years of state-sponsored torture and murder ... this story of courage combined with a dash of obsessiveness is about the real here and now." -- Sonia Purnell The Independent