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As law enforcement agencies began freezing the money, Putin retaliated. He and his cronies set up honey traps, hired process servers to chase Browder through cities, murdered more of his Russian allies, and enlisted some of the top lawyers and politicians in America to bring him down. Putin will stop at nothing to protect his money. As Freezing Order reveals, it was Browder’s campaign to expose Putin’s corruption that prompted Russia’s intervention in the 2016 US presidential election.

At once a financial caper, an international adventure, and a passionate plea for justice, Freezing Order is a stirring morality tale about how one man can take on one of the most ruthless villains in the world—and win.

In this exclusive virtual book launch, Daily Maverick’s editor-at-large Richard Poplak speaks to Bill Browder, the founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, best-selling author and architect of the Magnitsky Act about his latest tale of morality, Freezing Order.

  • Bill Browder is the founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, which was the investment adviser to the largest foreign investment fund in Russia until 2005, when he was denied entry to the country and declared a “threat to national security” as a result of his battle against corporate corruption. After his expulsion, the Russian authorities raided his offices, seized Hermitage Fund’s investment companies and used them to steal $230-million of taxes that the companies had previously paid. When Browder’s lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, investigated the crime, he was arrested by the same officers he implicated, tortured for 358 days, and killed in custody at the age of 37 in November 2009. Since then, Browder has spent years fighting for justice for Magnitsky. The Russian government exonerated and even promoted some of the officials involved, so Browder took the case to the US, where his campaigning led to the US Congress adopting the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act in 2012, which imposed visa sanctions and asset freezes on those involved in his detention, ill-treatment and death (as well as in other human rights abuses). This law was the first time the US sanctioned Russia in 35 years and became the model for all subsequent US sanctions against Russia. Browder is currently working to have similar legislation passed in Magnitsky’s name across the European Union. Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta and Salim Essa were all sanctioned under the Magnitsky Act in October 2019.

  • Richard Poplak

    Daily Maverick’s Editor-at-large

  • Bill Browder

    Founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, Best-selling Author and Architect of the Magnitsky Act

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