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

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Bill Browder takes us down the rabbit hole of Kremlin lawfare where down is up and wrong is right, and powerful Russian interests are trying to upend our legal and political systems. Every news outlet—ABC, Sky News, the BBC, CNN, Time, the Washington Post—all of them wanted to know what was going on. It was only after the Russian invasion of Ukraine that the UK authorities belatedly noticed the preponderance of corrupt Russian billionaires laundering their money in London. 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.

Revealing and damning , exposing Putin and his minions as little more than greedy international criminals. Browder was on holiday at his home in Colorado at the time, and imagined that blacked-out secret service land cruisers would arrive and he’d be rendered away to Moscow to face a rigged showtrial and a mysterious death behind bars. Eighteen months later, Hermitage’s offices were raided by the Russian authorities and its paperwork removed. What if, instead of driving me to the police station, they drove me to an airstrip, put me on a private plane, and whisked me off to Moscow?Lawyers, politicians and the usual useful idiots have all been successfully recruited to the Russian cause, either through financial inducement, bribery, bovine anti-west sentiments, or perhaps worst of all, complacency. Eventually, though, I got lost in the maze-like streets and squares, and had to hail a cab to take me back to the hotel.

I followed her instructions, tweeting: “Urgent: Just was arrested by Spanish police in Madrid on a Russian Interpol arrest warrant. If nothing else, I would be afforded due process before any possibility of being extradited to Moscow. He scanned my passport and fed the credit card—a Black American Express Card to which I’d recently been upgraded—into a chip reader. The author has been trying to get the west to take the threat from Putin's Russia seriously for many years. Biography: Bill Browder, founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, was the largest foreign investor in Russia until 2005.They then blamed the scam on Browder, and when his lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, exposed the officers responsible for the fraud, those same officers had Magnitsky arrested. Bill Browder has shown that one man with courage can make a difference, and that even the most powerful regimes have weak spots. Bill Browder, founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, was the largest foreign investor in Russia until 2005. A few minutes later, the senior officer who’d presented the charge sheet re-entered the room, translator in tow, both with heads bowed. An essential work by someone who understood long before the rest of the world did just how far corrupt Russian officials and businesspeople will go to defend their ill-gotten wealth, and how foreign lawyers, lobbyists and public relations firms enable them.

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