Red Notice

Red Notice

A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice

Book - 2015
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"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"--Amazon.com.
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.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2015
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476755717
147675571X
9781476755748
1476755744
Characteristics: 396 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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VaughanPLDavidB Nov 29, 2017

After reading this in-depth description of Russian government corruption and gangsterism, it's not hard to contemplate their tampering with the US election in 2016.

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billahls
Oct 31, 2017

Bill Browder describes his life from beginner investor to investing in the privatizing of Russia as a hedge fund. Then his lawyer in Russia was put in prison until he died for not lying about Russian tax fraud. This is current events in Russia today with Vladimir Putin.

The Magnitsky Act is a bipartisan bill passed by the U.S. Congress and signed by President Barack Obama in December 2012. This bill is retaliation against the human rights abuses suffered by Sergei Magnitsky. Russians are named to prevent their banking in the U.S. and profit from the dishonest gains. The list has been updated, up to 2016, with more Russian criminal authorities and accepted by more of the nations in the world.

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jquick99
Sep 04, 2017

After getting from the library, I read the liner notes, and it's about a guy who got really rich while "doing business" in Russia. Ah yes, I know all about American Businessmen in Russia.

I skipped towards the end and read one paragraph and in it he's giving a lecture, and instead of writing "...after I finished the lecture, I ...", he wrote "...and after the applause, I...." Ugh. Easy decision to NOT spend 350 pages with this guy.

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sharon711
Aug 26, 2017

A story both amazing and horrifying. An inside look into how the world turns on finance and how who you know determines what can be done. Politics and power are one and the same, it seems, and the story shows how even a man as principled as Obama can be swayed by international interests to do the wrong thing. Even so, the United States is not the Soviet Union. So in the end the views of the majority can win out. But it is a struggle. Everyone should read this true story. Nearly everyone will cry.

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GLNovak
May 24, 2017

Now I know how there came to be billionaires in Russia today. No it wasn't through sheer hard work. These people, mostly in government either as politicians or as government workers, systematically connived, cheated, lied, and stole their way to riches. Bill Browder built a very successful business in Russia by dealing in companies that had been totally undervalued when Yeltsen began privatizing so many government enterprizes. Then he found his business 'stolen' completely without his knowledge. Thus began the tale he relates in this book. The language is clear with easily understood explanations of who the players were (and are still) and the many machinations, intimidations, tortures that were perpetrated. It was interesting to see that our own Khrystia Freeland, at the time a journalist for the Financial Times, reported on the case for the free world. Yes, there are good Russians, like Sergei Magnitsky who died from torture for his beliefs, but for every one trying to fight for a better country, there are scores who look for only power and wealth. This whole thing left a very nasty taste in my mouth.

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Delia95
May 07, 2017

Good Book that is easy to read and follow, even when you are not familiar with this moment in history. A very timely book given the politics of Russian and the USA in 2017.

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josesuerte
Mar 20, 2017

Great book to read if you want to get a sense of the widespread corruption that exists in Russia today. Essentially the goverment is lead by a criminal organization. THis books is as good as any thriller. HIghly recommended.

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another_scribe
Feb 01, 2017

Excellent read that pulled me in from the first page. Thrilling and captivating and hard to believe that this a real life story.

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sfoakbay
Dec 27, 2016

MUST READ

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dianemac77
Oct 16, 2016

One of the best books I have read in some time. And definitely a timely insight into how Russia works.....

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