“For the last ten years, I’ve been trying to avoid getting killed by Putin’s regime, and there already exists a trail of dead bodies connected to its desire to see me dead.”
Sweden, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Australia, South Africa and Ukraine. The Ukraine, according to Browder, may be the next country to pass Magnitsky act:
In Bill Browder’s own words:
💥Magnitsky is a real person who was refused medical treatment of any kind, tortured and beaten to death in a Russian prison. For doing nothing, except taking up Bill Browder’s case.
🤔Sometimes, even those of us who know his name, forget the harrowing details. Some of us think we know, but we don’t. And others never knew. So here’s the history. It’s important.
🔥Hermitage had a problem with Gazprom’s business valuation.
Excerpt from The Economist article "An enemy of the people"
👌He was assured that his problems would “go away” if he cooperated.
💥Things escalated from there.
💵Oh, and to get the money.
👮♂️🚔🚨Any complaints or requests to investigate these crimes that Browder made to the police were ignored.
🙈🙉🙊Putin always denied even knowing Browder.
😡Bill Browder’s charges of mismanagement and corruption was an overzealous attempt at humiliation, in Putin’s eyes.
🏥One member of the firm protested and was beaten by officers and put in the hospital for two weeks.
📄The criminals took documents and the crimes were never solved.
👨⚖️In the end there were 15 claims and $1.26 billion in judgments against Hermitage.
😲Browder found out 3 months later.
💰Then the corporate raiders applied for tax refunds.
‼️💸💸💸The Russian Treasury handed over $230 million: the largest tax rebate in Russian history.
👮♂️🚔🚨He helped file criminal complaints against the police officers involved in the raids and even testified against them.
He was held in custody for 358 days—7⃣ days short of the limit he could be held without trial—and tortured in an effort to get him to recant his testimony.
They then chained him to a bed and eight riot guards beat him to death with rubber batons.
⚰️Date of Mr. Magnitsky's death: November 16, 2009.
While in custody, Magnitsky wrote 450 complaints, detailing the torture.
🗽He discovered an executive order called Proclamation 7750, which allows the State Department to impose visa sanctions on corrupt foreign officials.
🇷🇺“Corrupt Russians loved to travel and throw around their money, and if America were off-limits for them, it would be devastating.”
🇫🇮 Cardin had heard Browder’s account of the torture Magnitsky had endured at the Helsinki Commission the previous summer before he died.
🇫🇮Cardin wrote the letter and posted it on the U.S. Helsinki Commission website.
🗽“I urge you to immediately cancel and permanently withdraw the U.S. visa privileges of all those involved in this crime. Doing so will provide some measure of justice for the late Mr. Magnitsky and his surviving family.”
🇷🇺The story hit the Russian newswires as well as the Western press and became known as the “Cardin list.”
😡He was sentenced to nine years’ jail in the case.
🙌The campaign found the $230 million that Magnitsky had discovered before he died: the reason he was tortured and killed.
🥶Assets have been frozen as a result.
💥Browder on .time.com: “These people are ready to kill to keep their money. Losing it would be devastating.”
🚫Even so, our president is dead wrong. It was not "an incredible offer."
❗️“Russian doesn’t function as a normal state as we know it, it functions more akin to a criminal enterprise.”
⚖️“It is my duty to his [Sergei Magnitsky's] memory and to his family to make sure that justice gets done in this case and that this story gets told widely across the world.”