Bill Browder is the financier whose lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, was tortured to death by Russian authorities. Since that time, Browder has worked for justice, spearheading “Magnitsky acts,” which are laws that place sanctions on Russian human-rights abusers.

Browder is high on Putin’s enemies list. Indeed, he is high on Putin’s literal list: the list of people whom Putin wants handed over to the FSB – formerly the KGB – in a deal with President Trump. Putin singled out Browder at the recent Trump-Putin press conference.

How did Browder feel, being singled out like that by the Russian strongman? Is there any truth to what Putin said about him? What about his security (Browder’s)? Is it more imperiled or less imperiled now? What about the other people on the list? And so on.

Jay explores these questions with Bill Browder, one of the most exceptional people before the public today.

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  1. CarolJoy Coolidge
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    @CarolJoy

    On the other side of the discussion, we have this:

    https://foreignpolicy.com/2016/06/10/millionaire-tries-to-shut-down-screening-of-documentary-claiming-to-tell-the-true-story-of-russias-missing-230-million-putin-sergei-magnitsky-bill-browder/
    The film centers on Sergei Magnitsky, who human rights activists believe was murdered in 2009 after accusing the Russian police of stealing an estimated $230 million from the state treasury.

    But according to Nekrasov, that narrative is wrong. By his telling, Russian authorities were the victims of a massive theft, not the perpetrators. The film, he told Foreign Policy in a telephone interview, provides strong circumstantial evidence that Magnitsky’s boss, Bill Browder, was possibly involved in the multimillion dollar theft from Russian taxpayers.

    Sonya Gavankar, the Newseum’s manager of public relations, told FP in an email that the museum would screen the film despite a letter from Browder’s lawyers demanding that it be cancelled.

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  2. DonG Coolidge
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    @DonG

    There is no way to know the truth there.  We do know that Russia is run by a den of thieves.  I am suspicious of anyone who chooses to go into business with them.  I’d like to see Browder admit it was a mistake to spend 10 years making money in that kleptocracy and take responsibility for choosing to go into that business.  I don’t see any difference from being the finance guy of some drug cartel.  Is Browder really an innocent victim?  I also don’t trust anyone that dismisses the massive flows of money between the Clintons and Oligarchs.

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  3. CarolJoy Coolidge
    CarolJoy
    @CarolJoy

    DonG (View Comment):

    There is no way to know the truth there. We do know that Russia is run by a den of thieves. I am suspicious of anyone who chooses to go into business with them. I’d like to see Browder admit it was a mistake to spend 10 years making money in that kleptocracy and take responsibility for choosing to go into that business. I don’t see any difference from being the finance guy of some drug cartel. Is Browder really an innocent victim? I also don’t trust anyone that dismisses the massive flows of money between the Clintons and Oligarchs.

    And Browder will probably profit more than ever now that he is to be utilized as a way for the Deep Cabal Interests to let him spout off about Putin in a way that undermines Trump.

    He seems to often be in the right place at the right time.

    Funny how the Magnitsky laws were passed in  our nation after the Hillary Clinton assistance to businessman Frank Giustra so that Giustra could finesse the Uranium One deal.

    It should also be pointed out that when the Russian government  imprisoned one of the top Russian financial criminals, both Obama and Hillary were crying in their cups. Their tears came from the fact that the Russian was about to supply some 20 billions of dollars of stolen oil from the Russian people over to the USA. And that Obama had planned on using that surplus of oil as a booster for his Administration’s decent handling of American energy policies.

    On our side of things, we love to hammer away at the fact that the Russian officials are so corrupt that they harm their own people. But when it is Obama and Hillary harming the Russian people, all is well.

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  4. JuliaBlaschke Coolidge
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    CarolJoy (View Comment):
    But according to Nekrasov, that narrative is wrong. By his telling, Russian authorities were the victims of a massive theft, not the perpetrators. The film, he told Foreign Policy in a telephone interview, provides strong circumstantial evidence that Magnitsky’s boss, Bill Browder, was possibly involved in the multimillion dollar theft from Russian taxpayers.

    Who is Nekrasov? The article doesn’t even give his first name.

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