William Browder is a hedge fund manager with a long and complicated history with Russia.
He’s also a key player in the push against the country after running afoul of its government, according to Russian authorities, who convicted him of tax fraud after trying him in absentia. Although at one point he called Putin his ‘biggest ally’ after massive business dealings in the region, his mood has shifted drastically after a complicated series of affairs which we’re still in the process of untangling.
Key to this situation is the Magnitsky Act, which are sanctions directed against Russia by the US after the death in prison of Sergei Magnitsky. The late Magnitsky, who has been called an auditor, accountant, and attorney for Bill Browder, died under uncertain circumstances, with some calling his death a murder, and some calling it an act of negligence typical to prisons like the one in which he was held.
Thankfully we had the help of Lucy Komisar. A recent guest on Fault Lines, Komisar has a long history of researching crimes in high finance. She recently wrote a key article detailing a series of allegations of illegal activities conducted by Browder and his associates.
We’re working on a detailed guide to the story of Browder, the Magnitsky Act, and his relationship with the anti-Russian narrative. We’ll have more on that soon!