RED NOTICE: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice
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.
Bill Browder's journey started on the Southside 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. A financial caper, a crime thriller, and a political crusade,Red Notice is the story of one man taking on overpowering odds to change the world.
Bill Browder, is the author of this book that starts off slow with background information about his family from his grandfather running being on the ballot for President as a communist in the 30’s. To him living and working in Russia in the 90’s when he started his own hedge fund company after finding out that some of Russia’s larger companies were actually poised to make money for the right people if he got get financing. Once he gets that and he is making money he really is not looking at anything else until he gets a call about an oil company that they are invested in is going to devalue their stock. The reason for doing this is because it is Russia and they can. He sets out on a campaign to stop this and while doing this he not only loses sight of the big picture but he does not realize that he is setting himself up for a much bigger fight down the road. After winning or what he thinks is winning against the Russian oil company. Now the higher ups in Russia know his name and his company and they do not like that a foreigner has gotten over on them. Still not seeing anything and he is traveling between Moscow, and London the shake down starts. It begins slowly and then starts like fire, and as he and the people that work for him are making all of the right moves so they think. Everyone gets out except for a young lawyer who stays, Sergei Magnitsky. He continues to fight, from 2007 to 2009 when he is arrested. By November 2009 Sergei is dead. He has been beaten to death while cuffed to a bed. Now the story takes a whole different turn as Bill is fighting for justice for Sergei, and it would not happen until 2012 and it was done by Congress not the White House. The Sergei Bill once passed put Russia on notice and Vladimir Putin then came back with not allowing any Russian orphans to be adopted by Americans, so essentially he is killing the young Russian children who don’t stand a chance to survive in his country. This is a difficult book to read at times because I feel like greed started the whole ordeal to begin with, but Bill was able to get Sergei’s family out of Russia. You also get to see how our own Washington politics works, and when a few Senator’s get together they can make a difference. A good read. I got this book from netgalley. I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com