Red notice A true story of high finance, murder, and one man's fight for justice

Bill Browder, 1964-

Book - 2015

"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"

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New York : Simon & Schuster 2015.
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
396 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Main Author
Bill Browder, 1964- (author)
  • Persona non grata
  • How do you rebel against a family of communists?
  • Chip and Winthrop
  • "We can get you a woman to keep you warm at night"
  • The bouncing Czech
  • The Murmansk trawler fleet
  • La Leopolda
  • Greenacres
  • Sleeping on the floor in Davos
  • Preferred shares
  • Sidanco
  • The magic fish
  • Lawyers, guns, and money
  • Leaving Villa d'Este
  • And we all fall down
  • Tuesdays with Morrie
  • Stealing analysis
  • Fifty percent
  • A threat to national security
  • Vogue Cafè
  • The G8
  • The raids
  • Department K
  • "But Russian stories never have happy endings"
  • High-pitched jamming equipment
  • The riddle
  • DHL
  • Khabarovsk
  • The ninth commandment
  • November 16, 2009
  • The Katyn Principle
  • Kyle Parker's war
  • Russell 241
  • Russian untouchables
  • The Swiss accounts
  • The tax princess
  • Sausage making
  • The Malkin delegation ; Justice for Sergei
  • Humiliator, humiliatee
  • Red notice
  • Feelings.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Browder was a successful businessman, a pioneering investor in the emerging market that was Russia after the collapse of the Soviet empire. In the 1990s, savvy investors were seeking out his hedge fund as a way to get in on astonishingly undervalued, newly privatized businesses in Russia. But along with privatization came the oligarchs, powerful Russians who took control of previously government-operated entities. After operating successfully for years, Browder ran afoul of the oligarchs and the government. He was suddenly persona non grata, expelled from Russia, leaving his company at the mercy of a tax scam—$230 million in fraud committed by Russian government officials. From London he fought back, with help from Russian colleagues, including an attorney who uncovered the criminal enterprise and was eventually murdered. Browder offers a harrowing tale of corrupt business and political tactics, traceable all the way to President Putin, and the long struggle for justice that could have cost him his life. This is a revealing thriller of Russian financial and political corruption. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

This book is an entertaining and frightening example of the workings of risk and return, two elementary concepts in finance. In 2005, Browder, an investment manager, had made a fortune investing in post-Soviet Russia. The author describes in a breezy, conversational style how he antagonized Russian oligarchs who attempted to thwart his company's investments. He then ran afoul of the Russian government when his tax attorney, Sergei Magnitsky, uncovered tax fraud committed by Russian officials. After this, Browder says that the government arrested Magnitsky and murdered him. Russia attempted to have Interpol arrest Browder via a "Red Notice," an international arrest warrant, but several countries have refused to honor it. Through Browder's efforts, the United States enacted the Magnitsky Act in 2012, which imposed visa and banking restrictions on Russian officials implicated in human rights abuses. The only shortcomings in an otherwise captivating book are extensive reconstructed dialog and an absence of sourcing. VERDICT Rich characterizations and well-explained financial intrigue make this a compelling read. [See Prepub Alert, 8/11/14.]—Harry Charles, St. Louis [Page 89]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

American financier Browder was thrown out of Russia when he called down certain oligarchs for robbing the companies in which he was investing. Subsequently, his crusading attorney, Sergei Magnitsky, was arrested, tortured, and apparently beaten to death. Now Browder is on a quest to clear Magnitsky's name. [Page 72]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In Russia the gangsters are running the government, according to this fascinating firsthand story of state criminality and persecution. Browder, founder of the hedge fund Hermitage Capital Management (and grandson of American Communist Party leader Earl Browder), made his fortune investing in underpriced, privatized ex-Soviet companies and prodding their corrupt managers to divulge the truth about their assets. The enmity of Russian oligarchs—and, eventually, Vladimir Putin—got him expelled from the country, whereupon his companies were seized by a group of police officials and used to steal $230 million from the Russian Treasury. When Browder's Moscow lawyer Sergei Magnitsky unmasked the officials behind the conspiracy, Magnitsky was arrested, denied medical attention, and finally murdered in prison. Browder's narrative lays out in vivid detail the often murky mechanisms of Russia's kleptocratic economy, culminating in an engrossing account of what would surely be the heist of the century were it not so representative of business as usual. It's also a chilling, sinister portrait of a society in which the rule of law has been destroyed by those sworn to enforce it. The result is an alternately harrowing and inspiring saga of appalling crime and undeserved punishment in the Wild East. Photos. Agent: Patrick Walsh, Conville and Walsh Literary Agency (U.K.). (Feb.) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Expelled from Russia after exposing corruption in Russian companies, an investment broker describes how his attorney was detained, tortured, and beaten to death for testifying against Russian law enforcement officers who stole millions in taxes.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Expelled from Russia after exposing corruption in Russian companies, an investment broker describes how his attorney was detained, tortured and beaten to death for testifying against Russian law enforcement officers who stole millions in taxes paid to the government. Illustrations. Tour.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Freezing Order, the follow-up to Red Notice, is available now! “[Red Notice] does for investing in Russia and the former Soviet Union what Liar’s Poker did for our understanding of Salomon Brothers, Wall Street, and the mortgage-backed securities business in the 1980s. Browder’s business saga meshes well with the story of corruption and murder in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, making Red Notice an early candidate for any list of the year’s best books” (Fortune).“Part John Grisham-like thriller, part business and political memoir.” —The New York TimesThis is a story about an accidental activist. Bill Browder started out his adult life as the Wall Street maverick whose instincts led him to Russia just after the breakup of the Soviet Union, where he made his fortune. Along the way he exposed corruption, and when he did, he barely escaped with his life. His Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky wasn’t so lucky: he ended up in jail, where he was tortured to death. That changed Browder forever. He saw the murderous heart of the Putin regime and has spent the last half decade on a campaign to expose it. Because of that, he became Putin’s number one enemy, especially after Browder succeeded in having a law passed in the United States—The Magnitsky Act—that punishes a list of Russians implicated in the lawyer’s murder. Putin famously retaliated with a law that bans Americans from adopting Russian orphans.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, and also the story of how, without intending to, he found meaning in his life.