I admit I took my eye off the Russia ball for a while. For years, actually. Once we signed nuclear disarmament treaties with them (or first with the “Soviet Union” then “Russia”), I thought, OK, so they’re not going to blow us up; who else should we worry about? But recently—well, for obvious reasons—that has changed.
When I heard about Bill Browder’s memoir/thriller about his involvement in Russia, it seemed like a good opportunity to learn a thing or two.
This book is subtitled A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice, and it is All That and More. Browder was one of the first major investors in Russia after the breakup of the Soviet Union, and he made a fortune. Until he didn’t.
I don’t want to spoil anything. You’ve probably heard of the Russian oligarchs and allegations of their corruption. Bill Browder needed to hire an attorney to help him fight this corruption, and he hired the best one he could find, a truly upstanding man named Sergei Magnitsky.
If you’ve heard of the “Magnitsky Act,” you might know where this is going. But even if you do, this book deserves your attention. It is an astounding story, with implications for our future.